Lawmaker fires into air as Central African Republic elects new speaker – Punch Newspapers


A lawmaker fired into the air in the Central African Republic’s parliament on Monday after an altercation with a colleague as Members of Parliament prepared to vote for a new speaker.

Alfred Yekatom, who represents the southern M’baiki district and is a former militia leader, drew his weapon during the dispute, then fired the gun as he ran away.

Yekatom’s motive for shooting the gun, which sent MPs rushing to the exit, was not clear.

The parliament session was suspended for an hour while security forces searched every MP.

The lawmakers went on to elect an MP from western Baboua, Laurent Ngon-Baba, a former minister, in a near-unanimous vote of 112 in favour, with four blank ballots.

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