Atallah and Baroud at the decentralization conference. (The Daily Star/HasanShaaban)
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Decentralization should be adopted by the whole country as a way to aid much-needed development, pundits and politicians at a conference organized by the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies said Thursday.Decentralization was included in the 1989 Taif Agreement that brought an end to Lebanon's 15-year Civil War, but is yet to be implemented.Both Atallah and Baroud, who were part of the committee that penned the draft law, explained that based on the 147-article bill, each qada would have an independent council elected directly by the people.Calls for decentralization have increased over the years in the wake of the difficulties that the municipalities and the municipality unions have been facing.Some 84 percent of Lebanon's cities and villages have less than 5,000 people, which has a direct effect on the municipality's revenues and their ability to develop.
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