Provocative independent MP Igor Matovic (head of the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities party) has been involved again in a scuffle in parliament, this time with SNS caucus head Rafael Rafaj.
The incident was sparked off when MPs were debating the possible cancellation of MP immunity. Taking the floor, Matovic was holding a sign saying “Gorillas, you belong in prison”.
This seemed to get Rafaj’s blood up and so after shouting at Matovic he challenged Matovic to step outside. Speaking to TV news channel TA3 afterwards, Matovic explained that once outside, the nationalist party deputy head had grabbed him by the tie, choking him. Matovic pushed him away before the security guard stepped in.
Rafaj then apologised strongly, saying his emotions had gotten the better of him. He refused to comment on the incident.
Matovic has a special talent of touching on sensitive spots, as he has already received a slap in the face from Anna Belousovova (now with her new party NAS) and had previously stepped outside to face Robert Kalinak from Smer-SD, but that didn’t come to anything.
The parliamentary vote on whether or not to cancel MP immunity for misdemeanours will take place in today’s session at 11 am, but it looks like too many of them enjoy the luxurious privilege too much to give it up.