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Tunisians outraged after female parliamentarian slapped by Islamist colleague

The incident of a Tunisian parliament member attacking his female colleague under the dome of parliament shook the Tunisian public opinion amid mounting popular calls for its dissolution after it turned into an arena of conflict between parliament members, especially considering the incident is not the first of its kind.
A member of Tunisia's special forces' national brigade for rapid intervention (BNIR) marches on duty ahead of the leader of the Free Destourian Party, Abir Moussi (2nd-R).

TUNIS — On June 30, independent parliament member Sahbi Samara slapped Abeer Moussi, head of the opposition Free Destourian Party bloc, during a plenary parliamentary session in the presence of first deputy speaker of parliament Samira Chawashi and Minister of Women, Family, Childhood and Seniors Iman Hoymel.

On the evening of the same day, Moussi was physically attacked by Seif el-Din Makhlouf, head of the right-wing Karama coalition, which is close to the Islamic Ennahda movement, during a parliamentary session scheduled to discuss a draft basic law to approve an agreement that would allow the opening of a Qatar Fund for Development office in Tunisia.

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