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Abkhaz parliamentary sessions to be broadcast live – but not on TV

Disputes over the idea are fierce – some consider the idea ‘stupid’, others important. Social media users have responded with irony

After long disputes over the issue, Abkhazia’s parliamentary sessions will be broadcast live.

However, a compromise has been reached – the broadcast will be available not on public television, but on the website of the National Assembly.

For many years this question has been raised by deputies of different convocations of the Abkhaz parliament, but there have never been enough votes to pass the bill. The issue of the hearings being on television has always been an issue. The recent decision will make parliamentary sessions observable, but the audience will be much smaller.

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Parliamentary Speaker Valery Kvarchia was initially against the initiative, calling it “stupid”.

“The deputies will conduct their PR campaigns and distract citizens,” said Kvarchia.

MP Alkhas Jinjolia retorted:

“Voters have the right to know what we are doing. A live broadcast will discipline us and force us to keep track of our words.”

On social media, the decision of the parliament was perceived mainly as an opportunity to take a gander at another ‘political comedy’.

One of the most popular Abkhaz sites turned off comments after users began posting particularly nasty insults and words:

“We can stock up on beer and popcorn and make bets. Will they fight?”

“I remember how, before the war, we couldn’t move away from the screens, watching the deputies in the congresses of the USSR and our parliament. Today’s deputies, of course, have been crushed, but why not watch the free circus?”
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