Date: Jul 14, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter
The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) has broken its promise of working toward
national development with its disruption yesterday of legislative proceedings and boycotting a review of the budget for the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus said.
Protesting against what they called illegal budgeting practices, KMT lawmakers occupied the rostrum ahead of a plenary session at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, turning chairs into barricades to prevent Premier Lin Chuan (林全) and his Cabinet from delivering a formal report and defending the program’s proposed budget.
The session was adjourned due to an incident in which KMT Legislator Hsu Shu-hua (許淑華) fought with DPP Legislator Chiu Yi-ying (邱議瑩), with Hsu slapping Chiu during a scuffle.
The DPP caucus condemned the KMT’s actions, saying parts of the program were proposed by KMT legislators during elections, adding that the boycott was an apparent reversal of their positions. [FULL STORY]