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Taiwan Lawmakers Descend Into Brawl

Top Shot – Taiwan – Politics – Parliament Top Shot – Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DP) lawmaker Guo Kuo-wen (C) attempts to jump onto a desk during a vote on the parliamentary reform bill at the National Assembly in Taipei on May 17, 2024. (Photo by SAM YEH/AFP) (Photo by SAM YEH/AFP via Getty Images)

OAN’s Avril Elfie
2:56 PM – Saturday, May 18, 2024

A scuffle broke out after a Taiwanese lawmaker tried to steal a bill to prevent it from passing.

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Video footage of the altercation showed lawmakers tripping over each other and falling on their heads, punches being thrown and curtains in the chamber being torn.

The altercation occurred just days before newly elected state president Lai Qingde was scheduled to be sworn in as the party’s minority leader on Monday.

Deputies were also observed shoving and tackling each other and jumping over tables.

The main opposition party, the Kuomintang (KMT), is working with the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) to counter the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which was recently ousted from parliament but a new president was recently elected.

Kiyonori Lai won the January election and is scheduled to take office on Monday.

The Democratic Party claims these groups are trying to push through certain proposals without going through a proper consultation process.

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