Video: Tax bill sparks brawls in Algeria's parliament
A dispute between lawmakers at the Algerian parliament erupts into brawls
Algeria’s parliament on Monday approved increases in domestic gasoline, diesel, gas and electricity prices as part of its 2016 budget in the latest attempt to cope with a sharp fall in energy earnings.
The increases will be the first in the subsidized prices on those products in more than a decade.
Before this, the parliament turned to a battleground between pro-government and opposition representatives as they were preparing to vote.
The new finance bill is dividing lawmakers so much it has sparked exchanges of insults and brawls on the parliament floor.
The draft law, was being opposed for raising taxes on electricity and diesel, as well as 3G Internet.
Opposition lawmakers, including socialists, environmentalists and Islamists, protested and heckled for three hours, at times occupying the speaker’s chair holding up banners that read “social and democratic Algeria” and “no to austerity.”