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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian official has struck a lawmaker in the face during an argument on the floor of Parliament over government subsidies.

In a session broadcast on state radio, the two men brawled for several minutes before the parliament speaker expelled Behrouz Moradi, who heads a department on government subsidies.

Moradi slapped lawmaker Hossein Hosseini in the face Tuesday after the legislator raised accusations the government has failed to pay out subsidies to companies providing heating gas, electricity and water.

The government sharply reduced energy and food subsidies last year, but insists it has paid what was budgeted.

Dozens of lawmakers rushed to intervene, but Moradi continued to attack the lawmaker.

Speaker Ali Larijani ordered Moradi expelled and several lawmakers forced him to leave.