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The new decentralization draft law prepared for the Lebanese government may not solve all Lebanon's ills but, if implemented, could provide the answer to many of the country's development challenges.Instead of being headed by a qaimaqam appointed by the central government, qadas will now have a council directly elected by the people.For instance, villages with 5,000 citizens or less, which is the case of 85 percent of Lebanese villages, have one representative in the qada council, while those with 5,000 to 10,000 citizens have two representatives.To this end, the draft law requires that every qada council elect an executive team of 12 members – including the president and the vice president – to do the job based on a closed proportional representation electoral system.The key role of the qada council is actually to monitor the work of the executive authority it has elected.For this to work, accountability must be exercised both internally – in other words, within the qada council – and externally from the central government and CSOs.
Municipal reform is particularly urgent
Legislating for their own necessity
What decentralization law do parties really want?
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