Argentine lawmaker suspended for kissing woman during virtual meeting
Published: 04:51 PM, 27 September 2020 Updated: 04:52 PM, 27 September 2020
A lawmaker in Argentina has been suspended over being spotted kissing a woman during a virtual session of congress.
Juan Emilio Ameri, who represents the northern province of Salta, was seen by both colleagues and members of the public committing the lewd act as the chamber of deputies held a special Zoom meeting.
Footage of the incident quickly went viral on social media, sparking outrage and quickly leading to a vote in which the 47-year-old was suspended pending an investigation.
In the footage, Mr. Ameri, who is in the ruling Frente de Todos coalition, can be seen sitting down in front of a webcam with a woman on his lap. As another politician addresses his colleagues, Mr. Ameri puts his face to the woman’s chest, before pulling down her top and appearing to kiss her breast.
The deputies meeting was immediately interrupted, with speaker Sergio Massa telling colleagues he needed to report a “serious offence” against the “normal decorum and operation” of the lower house.
Ms. Massa’s proposal to create a commission weighing up Mr. Ameri’s expulsion from the chamber was endorsed, and the father-of-three now faces a wait of up for five days for the decision.
Ameri claimed that he did not realize he was still connected. “I’m very ashamed, very bad,” Ameri told Con Vos de Buenos Aires radio.