Taiwanese parliament member runs off with bill to prevent it from being passed

Lawmakers from the different parties in Taiwan were all a part of the brawl, according to reports. 

Published: May 18, 2024 11:39am

A brawl broke out in Taiwan's legislature resulting in members tackling and hitting each other, with one member attempting to run out with a bill so it wouldn't get passed. 

The brawl stemmed from a dispute about reforms to the chamber, according to Reuters

It occurred just a few days before the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Lai Ching-te. He will be inaugurated Monday, but his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) does not have a majority in the parliament.  

The opposition is seeking more power for parliament to oversee the actions of the government, including a proposal to criminalize officials for making false statements in parliament, according to Reuters. 

Video footage circulating on social media showed a member running off with a piece of legislation in an attempt to keep it from passing. 

Lawmakers from the various parties in Taiwan were all part of the brawl, according to reports. 

The DPP accused the other parties of trying to force through proposals by bypassing the normal consultation process, according to The Hill.

President-elect Lai, a Harvard graduate, said that the election was so important because the stakes could be a choice of war or peace with China. 

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