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Angry Jordan MP tries to draw his gun in parliament

Khalil Atiyeh, a deputy speaker, said MP Shadi Al Adwan was annoyed when fellow MP Zeid Shawakbeh accused the prime minister Abdullah Nsur of corruption.

AMMAN // A Jordanian MP, angered by a fellow deputy accusing the premier of corruption, tried to draw a pistol during a session of parliament yesterday but was circled by colleagues who talked him down.

Khalil Atiyeh, a deputy speaker, said MP Shadi Al Adwan was annoyed when fellow MP Zeid Shawakbeh accused the prime minister Abdullah Nsur of corruption.

Footage of the incident showed Mr Adwan reaching for his belt to pull out a gun and then being surrounded.

Mr Atiyeh said he suspended the session until today, when the question of carrying arms inside parliament will also be on the agenda.

Last July, an MP got into an argument on a television talk show. He first took off his shoe and threw it at his adversary, then pulled a revolver from his belt and pointed it at him.

He eventually put the gun away.