DPP Legislators retake Legislative Yuan after morning scuffle

(Photo courtesy of CNA)

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) — Legislators from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP, 民進黨) retook control of the Parliament (Legislative Yuan) at noon Monday following the opposition Kuomintang’s (KMT, 國民黨) occupation of the building in protest of the President’s nomination of Chen Chu (陳菊) to head the Control Yuan.

KMT Legislators raided the building on Sunday, preventing the DPP legislators from entering by using iron chains and chairs to block the entrance.

In response, Chinese-language media reported that the head of the Legislative Yuan, You Si-kun (游錫堃), requested the police to cut the chains with shears and to forcefully break into the legislative chamber on Monday. 

Meanwhile, KMT legislators Lin Wei-Chou (林為洲)  and Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安) stood to watch to prevent a break-in by notifying legislators whenever a single door in the parliament moved. At around 11 a.m., the shears cut through the chains blocking the doors behind the chairman’s podium.

At around 11 a.m., the shears cut through the doors behind the chairman’s podium. (Photo courtesy of CNA)

Then, DPP legislator Kuo Kuo-wen (郭國文) cleared the debris blocking the door, allowing other legislators to enter. On the other side of the room, KMT legislators and DPP legislators scuffled by throwing water bottles at each other.

After retaking the podium, You initiated a vote to start the extraordinary legislative session that was slated to start early Monday. 46 legislators voted in favor of the session while 28 legislators opposed it.

You announced that the sessions would start on June 29 and run until July 22. During this period, lawmakers will be faced with the decision of approving nominees for the Control Yuan.  

This will include the controversial decision to nominate Chen Chu to head the Control Yuan. The DPP has argued that Chen Chu’s nomination is appropriate given her record of being a long time fighter for democracy.

The KMT argued that due to Chen Chu’s former record of having been under 58 investigations, which resulted in three impeachments, she is not an appropriate candidate to serve as the head of the Control Yuan. (Photo courtesy of CNA)

On the contrary, the KMT argued that due to Chen Chu’s former record of having been under 58 investigations, which resulted in three impeachments, she is not an appropriate candidate to serve as the head of the Control Yuan.

The KMT released a statement early Monday mocking President Tsai for her inability to come up with a decent nominee, questioning whether the DPP is truly after democratic reform and living up to its name as the progressive party of Taiwan. 

The KMT and DPP have made it clear that they are not willing to compromise on this issue, but it will still be up to these legislators to decide the next leader of the Control Yuan in the next month.