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October 21 2021 3:29 PM ˚

Representatives begin a debate on the Municipalities and Decentralization Law

The parliamentary “legal and administrative” joint committee tasked with discussing the bill, in cooperation with the Al-Hayat Center “Rased”, hosted its first discussion session with experts and stak
The parliamentary “legal and administrative” joint committee tasked with discussing the bill, in cooperation with the Al-Hayat Center “Rased”, hosted its first discussion session with experts and stakeholders. (Photo: Jordan News)
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AMMAN — Speaker of the Lower House Abdel Moneim Al-Awdat on Wednesday launched discussion sessions on the draft municipalities and decentralization law of 2021, which was referred by the government to the Parliament last month.اضافة اعلان

The parliamentary “legal and administrative” joint committee tasked with discussing the bill, in cooperation with the Al-Hayat Center “Rased”, hosted its first discussion session with experts and stakeholders, to agree on recommendations on the drafted law. Attendees included heads of governorate councils, representatives of the women's sector in the councils, and former mayors of municipalities.

Speaker Awdat said that the discussion of the bill aims to achieve the royal vision, which was presented in the discussion papers related to transition and democratic empowerment. He stressed that the Lower House will take notes of legal relevance in the light of practical experience and optimal experiences that help to complete a law that bridges the gaps, meets the needs, and achieves the goals that it aims to achieve.

"We are entering the second centenary of the history of the Jordanian state, and we have a huge balance of experience in the areas of local administration and municipalities, which were founded on the principle of popular participation in decision-making, knowing the necessary priorities and needs, and providing direct services to local communities,” Awdat said.

During the session, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Local Administration Tawfiq Krishan said that one of the reasons the previous bill was withdrawn from the House is the conflict of powers between the municipalities and decentralization councils, represented by the governorate councils. He argued that this conflict prevents the delivery of services to citizens and hinders development, in addition to the presence of many overlaps between the municipal and governorate councils.

Krishan added that the new bill is based on cooperation and integration between municipalities and governorate councils.

MP Zaid Otoum, member of the joint committee, told Jordan News that the discussion was diverse:  "There were many points, but most emphasis was on the issue of employment and the importance of empowering governorate councils and enriching their experience."

Atoum added that the discussion covered the issue of budgets of the governorate councils, saying that one of the suggestions provisions that encourage council to implement the projects for which funds were allocated in the budgets.

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