President Michel Sleiman speaks during a ceremony to launch the administrative decentralization bill at Baabda Palace on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. (The Daily Star/DalatiNohra)
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President Michel Sleiman Wednesday officially proposed a bill for administrative decentralization, arguing that the new legislation would promote national unity in Lebanon as well as transparency and accountability.Former Prime Minister Najib Mikati issued a decision in July 2012 that called for the formation of a committee to prepare the bill, headed by former Interior Minister Ziyad Baroud, who introduced it at the palace Wednesday.According to Sleiman, adoption of the bill would improve citizens' practice of democracy, increase the participation of young people and women in major decisions.
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