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Taiwan's Legislature Fights Over Opposition Bill


A scuffle broke out in Taiwan's parliament, with lawmakers exchanging punches because of disagreement over a bill put forward by the opposition.

The fight erupted Tuesday as the Democratic Progressive Party of President Chen Shui-bian tried to stop a vote on a proposal by the opposition Nationalist Party to set up a National Communications Commission - an independent media watchdog. The two parties disagree sharply over how the body should be formed.

The Nationalist Party and its allies have a small majority in the 225 seat legislature.

At least two lawmakers were hurt in the brawl. Scuffles among members of Taiwan's parliament are fairly common.

The Nationalists' 51-year grip on power in Taiwan was broken by President Chen Shui-bian's Democratic Progressive Party in 2000.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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