The troubles created by the opposition party’s deputies (prime minister jostled, songs and vuvuzelas, abuses, a deputy wounded…) during November 2017’s session have spurred debates in the country. Can the deputies who disrupt the national assembly’s order be sanctioned while they enjoy parliamentary immunity? Yes, they can.
Indeed, article 98 of the national assembly’s rules of procedures provides for a temporary exclusion from the national assembly, a deputy who "calls for violence during public proceedings", "insults members of the national assembly or its president" or, "insults, provokes or threatens the president of the republic or a member of the government".
The fifth paragraph of this article stipulates that the temporary exclusion means that the
deputy cannot take part in the deliberations of the national assembly or come inside the national assembly before the seventh session after the sanction was decided. It is also followed by a suspension of the parliamentary expense allowance for six months.
If the deputy refuses to comply with the president’s order to leave the assembly, the session is suspended and the suspension is extended to 30 sitting days. The 30 sitting day exclusion is also applied when the deputy is sanctioned for the second time.
Article 99 provides that the national assembly's president can request, from the committee, a temporary suspension if a deputy assaults a colleague. If it is not requested by the president, another member can submit a written request to the committee.