Eligible Qatari citizens elected 30 members of the new Shura Council for the first time on 2 October this year.
The first Qatari-elected Shura Council held its second session on Tuesday following last week’s opening meeting, which was inaugurated by Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
With the amir promising amendments to controversial laws in his opening speech, the second session this week was highly-anticipated by citizens keen on following the newly-elected legislative body
On Twitter, Qatari social media users called for all Shura Council sessions to be broadcast live to allow citizens to engage in the meetings and understand suggestions brought forth to the council.
Twitter user Abdelaziz Al Thani said: “If it was actually live (the same timing as ours), then I am for, because that adds a layer of responsibility and transparency to those who have undertaken these tasks. However, some topics should be discussed in closed sessions as needed,”
Another Twitter user said that he is in favour of the decision “because the topics raised are observations and criticisms made by the people”.
“Everyone has the right to understand what is happening in the country. Better than being [hidden] under the table as it is [currently],” he added.
“I swear, based on the experience in Kuwait, I advise not to broadcast live. At least for the first time, there are situations and things that are sometimes embarrassing,” one Twitter user noted.