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Taiwan

Brawl In Taiwan Parliament Over Nuclear Plant

AAP (Australia)

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TAIPEI - Taiwanese MPs exchanged punches and threw water at each other on Friday morning ahead of an expected vote to authorise a national referendum on whether to build a fourth nuclear power plant on the densely populated island of 23 million people.

While Taiwan"s frequent earthquakes have led many residents to conclude that nuclear power generation constitutes an unacceptable safety risk, economic analyses suggest disruptive power shortages are inevitable if the fourth plant is not completed.

Friday's fracas pitted the pro-referendum forces of President Ma Ying-jeou's ruling Nationalist Party against strongly anti-nuclear forces affiliated with the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party.

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