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Tainan speaker sworn in
Tainan City Councilor Lai Mei-hui from the DPP is sworn in as the southern city council's speaker, as fellow councilors from the KMT display protest placards accusing her of being an "illegal speaker." Her election on Monday, Oct. 3 was marred by free-for-alls between the DPP and KMT camps. Lai replaced the KMT's Lee Chuan-chao, who lost both the speaker seat and the council seat after being convicted for bribery.
Chaos reigns at Tainan city council vote
Scuffles, thrown projectiles and overall chaos marred a Tainan City speakership by-election Monday, which ended with several hospitalizations and the election of the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) Lai Mei-hui.
Tainan councilors clash
A tearful Tainan City Councilor Hung Yu-feng of the Kuomintang, center, is surrounded by reporters. Hung said Acting Council Speaker Kuo Hsin-liang of the Democratic Progressive Party struck her in the face during a fracas at the Tainan City Council. She and other KMT councilors tried to prevent Kuo from convening a council meeting that would have seen the election of a new speaker.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.3 hit Nanhua District in Tainan at 7:35 p.m. Friday, the Central Weather Bureau reported later that evening.
With wintering black-faced spoonbills having already been spotted on Taiwan's southwestern coast this year, the Tainan city government has organized a two-month conservation event to raise public awareness about the protection of the endangered bird.
Flooding in Tainan
Rainwater reaches knee-level on a street in Tainan on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Downpours became more severe after noon, causing widespread flooding in regions such as Tainan's Rende District (仁德區) and Yongkang (永康區).
Zhang Zhijun, head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO), said Thursday that cross-strait relations are facing a "grave challenge" as the current Taiwan government has refused to recognize the "1992 Consensus" and its core meaning.
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An apology was issued by the Tainan City Government Tourism Bureau on Wednesday in response to plagiarism accusations over the poster design for the southern city's famed Guanziling Hot Spring Festival.
Tainan City aboriginal councilor Kumu Hacyo on Tuesday called for an end to praise for the achievements of Koxinga, also known as Zheng Cheng-gong, a Ming Dynasty warlord at the center of a celebration at Koxinga Ancestral Shrine in Tainan.
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Activists protested in front of the Executive Yuan Thursday against a Japanese tobacco factory built in Tainan last year, demanding that Premier Lin Chuan (林全) revoke the firm's business license.
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