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Kyrgyz Parliament Gets Own TV Channel Despite President's Veto


Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbaeva had vetoed the bill

Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbaeva had vetoed the bill

BISHKEK -- The Kyrgyz parliament has overturned a presidential veto and converted the Channel 5 television company into a parliamentary TV channel, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.
The vote by parliament means Channel 5 will show live broadcasts of all parliamentary sessions and hearings.
The parliament's initial vote, in July, to make Channel 5 a parliamentary TV channel was vetoed by President Roza Otunbaeva for financial reasons.
Channel 5 used to be controlled by Maksim Bakiev, a son of President Kurmanbek Bakiev, who was ousted by antigovernment protests in April last year.
The interim government that came to power after Bakiev left the country decided to nationalize the company in May 2010.
According to the Kyrgyz Constitution, Otunbaeva must sign the law on transforming Channel 5 into a parliamentary channel within two weeks. If she does not do so, the parliament speaker has the right to endorse it with his signature.

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