Ab­sence of elected mu­nic­i­pal coun­cils se­verely harms econ­omy

EN­TI­TIES RE­SPON­SI­BLE FOR PRO­VID­ING EX­PE­RI­ENCE OF FIRST­HAND PO­LIT­I­CAL PRAC­TICE

The Daily News Egypt - - Front Page - By Doaa A Moneam

Although Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al Sisi in­structed all con­cerned bod­ies to take se­ri­ous steps to hold mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil elec­tions by the be­gin­ning of 2019, the bill is still on ice in the par­lia­ment. Over the last two years, the par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee of local gov­er­nance have dis­cussed five draft laws, even­tu­ally reach­ing the fi­nal ver­sion, await­ing the green light from con­cerned top of­fi­cials in the coun­try to is­sue it.

In fact, the ab­sence of mu­nic­i­pal coun­cils harmed the Egyp­tian demo­cratic process, as these en­ti­ties are re­spon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence of the first­hand po­lit­i­cal prac­tice. On the other hand, it neg­a­tively im­pacted Egypt’s econ­omy, de­priv­ing it of about 30% of the es­ti­mated na­tional in­come.

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