Lawmakers jailed after attacking pregnant colleague

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Two members of parliament have been sentenced to six months in jail for attacking a pregnant colleague during a parliamentary session in Senegal.

The incident occurred on 1 December during a budget presentation when Massata Samb, an opposition MP, slapped Amy Gniby, a member of the ruling Benno Bokk Yakaar (BBY) coalition.

Lawmaker attacks Pregnant woman during a parliamentary in Senegal
Lawmaker attacks Pregnant woman during a parliamentary in Senegal

The altercation began when Samb criticised Gniby for comments she had made about a spiritual leader opposed to President Macky Sall seeking a third term in office.

Gniby responded by throwing a chair at Samb, and in the ensuing brawl, she was also kicked in the abdomen by Amadou Niang, another opposition member.

The jail sentences have further exacerbated political tensions in Senegal, which have been heightened since the ruling party lost its majority in July's legislative election.

Gniby was awarded a total of 5 million CFA francs (approximately $8,000) in compensation by lawmakers.

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