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Bahrain MPs in parliamentary brawl

Weekly session descends into chaos as MP pushes ban on expats in government posts

Bahrain MPs in parliamentary brawl
Image for illustrative purpose only. (Getty Images)

A fight broke out between two MPs in Bahrain on Tuesday and brought parliamentary sessions to a close, according to local media.

The dispute was reportedly over one MP’s claim that “there are too many foreigners working in Bahrain’s public sector”.

Abbas Al Madi became incensed when he was interrupted by fellow MP Ahmed Qarrata and accused of “repeating the same crap all the time”, said Gulf Daily News.

He reportedly vowed to “stomp a mud hole” in Qarrata’s abdomen and beat him until he collapsed.

But Qaratta retaliated by threatening to beat Al Madi unconsciousness and knock out every one of his teeth.

The two men had to be separated by other MPs when the weekly parliamentary meeting descended into chaos and was forced to end early.

According to GDN, Al Madi had strayed from discussions about the European Parliament and other topics to champion a proposal that had already been rejected and that would have resulted in all expats leaving government posts within five years.