‘GREEN TERROR’:KMT lawmakers accused their DPP counterparts of using ‘majority violence,’ while the convener said the opposition did not know the rules
Date: Jun 09, 2016
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter
Scuffles among lawmakers broke out in the legislature in Taipei yesterday as a combined session
completed the final procedural step before sending draft legislation targeting “illicit party assets” into cross-caucus negotiations.
A combined session of the Legislative Yuan’s Internal Administration Committee, the Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statues Committee, and the Finance Committee on Monday passed the draft legislation after Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators stormed out of a review session at which they used extended “procedural remarks” to slow the progress of a Democratic Progress Party (DPP)-sponsored proposal.
Yesterday’s session was to confirm Monday’s meeting minutes to enable the draft act to be sent out of committee ahead of a five-day recess, including the Dragon Boat Festival, and before KMT Legislator Huang Chao-shun (黃昭順) is scheduled to take her turn in the rotation as convener of the Internal Administration Committee next week.
Members of the New Power Party caucus arrived early to prevent KMT legislators from occupying the convener’s podium — a strategy commonly used by members of the opposition to impede proceedings. [FULL STORY]