CAIRO: Muslim Brotherhood MP Ashraf Badr was suspended from the current parliamentary session, which ends in the summer, after threatening another MP representing the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) by hurling a shoe in the air.
The decision was made by the PA’s ethics committee.
A few weeks ago, Badr raised his shoe – an extremely insulting gesture – at NDP MP Hassan Nashat Al-Qassas when the latter accused opposition groups of working against the government and public welfare.
Badr was unavailable for comment at time of press because he was visiting his son at Nasser Medical Institute, according to his secretary.
However, Sobhy Saleh, an MB parliamentarian defended Badr.
“He did not throw his shoe at Al-Qassas or at anyone else. He threw it in the air, Saleh said.
According to Saleh, Al-Qassas “accused opposition groups of wreaking havoc in the country.
On the other hand, NDP MP Mohamed Khalil Kwaitah said that the ethics committee’s decision was “balanced and just.
“What MP Badr did was an insult to the People’s Assembly as an institution and negatively effects its image in public eye, he added.