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Fracas in Jordan's parliament leads to 'Sit down' campaign
Fracas in Jordan's parliament leads to 'Sit down' campaign

"Sit down!" The emphatic command has become a rallying cry for feminists in Jordan's heavily patriarchal society, as well as the subject of a hashtag campaign on social media that has Jordanians openly mocking their parliament. It began after Hind Fayez, one of Jordan's few female members of parliament, responded strongly to criticisms of the government and leftists and nationalists by fellow lawmaker Abdul Majid Aqtash, who is allied with the Muslim Brotherhood, the conservative Islamist movement. Her tirade was too much for Yahya Saoud, an independent lawmaker famous for being a brawler — literally. Saoud has been involved in at least two fistfights in...

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