Member of Taiwan’s parliament steals bill to prevent its passage

Members of the Taiwanese legislature clashed in a chaotic brawl this week, resulting in members being tackled and hit, after a member attempted to steal a bill to prevent it from being passed.

Lawmakers were seen leaping over tables and pulling other colleagues to the floor, Reuters reported.

The Kuomintang (KMT), the main opposition party, has been working alongside the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) to opposite the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which just recently elected a new president but lost control of parliament.

The new president, Lai Ching-te is expected to be inaugurated Monday after he won the election in January.

The country’s democratic party, DPP, says the groups are improperly trying to force through certain proposals without having a customary consultation process.

Lawmakers from all parties were part of the fighting that happened this week. They traded accusations about who was to blame about what happened, Reuters reported.

Lai, a Harvard graduate and member of the DPP, said the election was critical, because voters could be choosing between war and peace with China.

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