discussion on the budget goes wild when the Iraqiya List
parliamentary bloc leader gets a shoe thrown at his face by a
female lawmaker from the Iraqi National Movement Party, said a
Iraqis laughed at this fact as the female MP, Alya Nusayf, struck
out in vengeance, Al Arabiya reported Sunday.
The scuffle happened Thursday inside parliament when Iraqiya
List’s Suleiman Al-Jumaily threatened Nusayf to not vote for the
proposed budget, it said.
The budget which was approved anyway on Thursday does not have the
backing of the Iraqiya List and many other Kurdish parties.
After weeks of delay the $119.1 billion budget went through
According to Nusayf, Jumaily threatened the members of the Iraqiya
List not to participate in the closed session and vote, given it
has been criticized for fulfilling the demands of the mainly
Shiite-dominated political parties.
Nusayf, who stood up and objected to these threats, received an
unexpected surprise as Jumaily verbally insulted her. So her
immediate reaction was to throw her shoe at him.
Speaking to an
Iraqi television channel, Al-A’had, she expressed her disgust with
his offensive language and didn’t accept the direct violation of
“History will never forgive [Jumaily],” Nusayf said in a press
conference, vowing she will file a legal case against him.
In February, another Iraqi attempted to throw his shoe at a U.S.
diplomat during his visit to the British parliament. Paul Bremer,
who was the Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority
of Iraq following the 2003 invasion, was told by the shoe thrower
that this hit was from Saddam Hussein.
Earlier, Zaidi, an Iraqi journalist
had thrown shoes at former US President George Bush during his
visit to the country.