Sierra Leone: fight between deputies over electoral reform – video

Some objects fly in the hemicycle, notably what appears to be a large ornamental vase and some chairs.

The electoral commission of this small West African state has recommended changing the electoral system, in favor of a change to proportional representation, which would apply to the local and legislative elections of June 2023, but not to the presidential one organized on the same day. .

The decision is defended by the government and condemned by the opposition, which considers it unconstitutional.

Some deputies involved in the fight were expelled from the hemicycle by security agents, a local journalist present in the room told AFP.

The debate was then able to continue in peace.

Despite a soil rich in diamonds, Sierra Leone is one of the least developed countries in the world.

The former British colony and its eight million inhabitants, hit by a civil war from 1991 to 2002 then the Ebola epidemic of 2014-2016 in West Africa, is now tested by the consequences of the pandemic of Covid-19.

The capital Freetown and other cities were rocked on August 10 by violent clashes between security forces and young people protesting against rising prices and demanding the departure of President Julius Maada Bio, elected in 2018.

The authorities have spoken of an attempt to overthrow the government. There were officially 31 deaths.