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Amy Ndiaye Gniby, a fellow MP, was awarded more than $8,000 in damages from Amadou Niang and Massata Samb.
Two legislators in Senegal have been given six months in prison for attacking a pregnant coworker on December 1 during a heated parliamentary debate that turned into a full-fledged riot.
Amadou Niang and Massata Samb of the opposition Party for Unity and Rally (PUR) were also sentenced by the Dakar court to pay Amy Ndiaye Gniby of the ruling Benno Bokk Yakaar coalition a total of 5 million CFA francs ($8,144) in restitution.
Samb smacked Gniby in the face during a budget debate in the National Assembly after she sneered at his words in defiance of her, creating a tumultuous televised spectacle that startled Senegal.
When Gniby replied by hurling a chair at Samb, other legislators forced him to the ground and Niang kicked him in the stomach.
Political tensions in Senegal, which erupted when the ruling party lost its commanding majority in the country's legislature in July, have gotten worse as a result of the conflict.
The defeat was largely viewed as a criticism of President Macky Sall in light of the lingering question of whether he will run for re-election in 2024. The opposition claims that if he does, he will violate both term limits and a previous pledge.
Sall, 60, has refused to state clearly whether he plans to run again.
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