BEIRUT: The committee tasked with drafting a law for administrative decentralization stressed Thursday that such a move would boost the effectiveness of the central authority and produce balanced development across the country.
The remarks were made during a discussion hosted by the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, attended by the head of the committee, former Minister Ziad Baroud; four committee members; and around 40 researchers, scholars and civil society activists.
“We shouldn’t consider administrative decentralization as a way to diminish the powers of the central authority, but as a way to strengthen it,” Baroud said. “The committee has made some recommendations to lower the voting age to 18 years … and there won’t be any conflict of power between the municipalities and governors,” he explained. “Decentralization reinforces balanced development and gives justice to several impoverished regions like Akkar,” Baroud stressed.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 18, 2014, on page 4.