Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Governorate Council’s Conference Held In Nasiriya

(Badr Newspaper) - 10 SEP - The Second Annual Conference for the Southern Governorate Councils was held at the Cultural Center in Nasiriya. The conference began with the reading of verses of the holy Quran and a few introductory speeches. Dr. Surra Aboud, the Director of the Governorate Council Department, opened the conference with a short speech about governorate councils and their role in the democratic process and in serving the people.
Members of the governorate councils of Basrah, Dhi Qar, Maysan, and Muthana delivered speeches as did Salah Al Shimmari, a member of the Legal Committee in the Dhi Qar Governorate Council. All of the conference attendees put forth their best efforts to come up with ideas based on constitutional principles regarding decentralizing administration, the separation of powers, and the balance of power between the federal and local governments.
A statement was issued at the end of the conference that included many suggestions which the participants had agreed on. The statement was forwarded to the Presidency Council. Salah Al Shimmari told NINA that the statement’s suggestions included addressing many constitutional amendments such as: Local governorate council members should have immunity, including the provision that no one can sue them; that they cannot be arrested for committing any felony or misdemeanor as described in Constitutional Article #9, unless there is a simple majority Parliament vote removing this immunity.

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