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Female lawmaker hurls shoe at Iraqi political party chief

Sunday March 10, 2013 10:35:13 AM, Agencies

Dubai: A 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 media report.


Most 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 parliament.

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 social etiquette.

“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.


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