The speaker of the Chiayi City council has been arrested.
Apparently, the going price for a vote in the speaker election is NTD 3 million (USD100,000).
The vice speaker tried to convene the city council so that it would be in session and the speaker would not be arrested, but he was unable to get enough people together on short notice. (Note: I’m not sure what kind of immunity city council members have. I don’t think they have full immunity the way that legislators do. I guess they just can’t be arrested while in session.) The other members of the city council all wore yellow ribbons today in support of their colleague.
Tags: speaker election