Uzbekistan: President Tells MPs to Get Onto Social Media
Although they should be representatives of the people, members of parliament in Uzbekistan are all but invisible and anonymous to most of the public.
Speaking at a government meeting last week, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev suggested a way to end that by ordering all deputies of the lower and upper house to create social media accounts.
The evening news bulletin on July 13 cited the president as saying that social media accounts would give MPs and Senators a direct outlet to the public and help them to more rapidly address problems as they arose.
“Many countries in the world have already adopted this system,” he said.
This is certainly true, although it would fair to point out that those same MPs will often open accounts online and then never update or use them. To ensure the Uzbek deputies are shepherded into compliance, IT Development and Communications Minister Sherzod Shermatov has been tasked with implementing this initiative.
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