DPP retakes legislative chamber from KMT
Legislative Speaker You Si-kun says an extraordinary legislative session will run until 22 July as scheduled, during which lawmakers will vote on whether to approve President Tsai Ying-wen's nominees for the Control Yuan, among other issues.
The statement comes after the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) managed to escort You to the speaker’s podium in the legislative chamber following scuffles with opposition Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers, who had been occupying the podium since late Sunday.
The KMT had managed to barricade themselves in the chamber, but blocking doors with chairs and chains.
However, they were removed by the speaker’s podium by the DPP despite claims by KMT caucus whip Lin Wei-chou that the occupation of the chamber would last for "at least three days."
KMT members stood in protest in front of the podium after their removal -- where they shouted slogans in protest over the nomination of former Presidential Office Secretary-General and former Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu to head the Control Yuan.
You was then able to announce the extraordinary legislative session following a vote that saw 46 in favour of opening the session with 28 objections.