Scuffle among Sierra Leone’s new legislators
Serious fighting has broken out in Sierra Leone’s parliament, just as the swearing-in of new MPs was getting under way following general elections last month.
Members of the All People’s Congress (APC) disrupted proceedings because 16 of their number had been asked to leave the chamber after a high court injunction against them.
So chaotic and uncontrollable was the situation that the clerk announced a brief adjournment. The police were also called in.
APC members were either taken out forcefully or left in protest. The swearing-in of other MPs then got under way..
The APC is the biggest party in parliament, but it lost the presidency to Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People’s Party.