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26 Wednesday, 7 2017
The Minister of Youth Debates the AAU Students Concerning “The Decentralization Law”

His Excellency the Minister of Youth, Engineer Haditha El-Khraisha, confirmed that Jordan was founded on democratic bases through establishing the first elected legislative council in 1920. He also stated that the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan follows the democratic path in the diverse areas of life whether in Students’ Councils, Unions, Parliamentary Councils or in Municipalities and Decentralization. This event that took place yesterday with the AAU students aimed to encourage the youth to participate in the elections; to confirm that the decentralization is an integral part of the democratic path and to show that the Kingdom adheres to it and to stress that the youths are the most affected and effected group by it. He shed the light on the mechanism used in formulating governorate councils and how to serve the people. In this meeting which was organized by the Deanship of Student Affairs and was attended by Prof. Sadeq Hamed, the AAU President, along with a number of the Academic and Administrative staff, El-Khraisha added that the youth have an essential role in participating in the decision making process and in specifying the needs of the development services in societies. He also confirmed that the youth are the group who will be positively affected and benefited from the decentralization. In his part, the University President valued and appreciated the efforts which the Ministry spends in acquainting the youth with the decentralization law and in motivating them to participate actively in the process. The President noted that the Kingdom has been adhering to the path of development in the diverse democratic aspects of life. El- Khraisha talked about the new trends in the decentralization law. He posited that the decision making in each governorate becomes in the hand of the people and that the citizens have essential role in choosing the development projects needed by the local communities. El-Khraisha also encouraged the youth to benefit from decreasing the age to twenty five which should lead to more youth participation in the decision making. He added that women in these societies benefited from the law which granted them a 10% quota in the council seats. At the end, he concluded that these councils allow themselves to benefit from the new specializations and experiences and to give the governorates the possibility to represent areas that previously were not represented in the Governorate Council.