Political parties pave the way for the restoration of administrative positions in Diyala that were abolished years ago
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Shafaq News/ A political source in Diyala revealed, on Friday, a preliminary agreement between the political parties and forces in the province to restore the positions of assistants and advisors to the head of the local government after the upcoming provincial council elections, and while it was considered that the abolition of these positions caused "problems and domination" by influential parties over the center. The service decision, justified resorting to the restoration of these positions on the basis of "the national and sectarian diversity in Diyala."
The source, who refused to reveal his name, told Shafak News Agency, "Restricting the governor's position to two deputies raised wide political problems and disputes due to the uniqueness of some forces in political and service decisions and the governorate's resources, which prompted the political forces in the governorate to approve the reinstatement of the positions of the next governor's advisors and assistants after they were canceled by the decision of the previous governorate council in August in the year 2015.
The source indicated that "the national and sectarian diversity in Diyala requires more supportive positions to overcome the problems of regional and sectarian marginalization in distributing service and social projects, ending manifestations of exclusivity and exploiting the capabilities of the state and the province for partisan and political interests."
And the source added, "Diyala is the only province that abolished the positions of advisors and assistants, and no other province took similar reform steps at the time," noting that "the decision had extensive negative consequences in the administration of Diyala and the emergence of problems of influence by influential parties over the service decision center."
In August 2015, Diyala Province issued a decision to exempt aides and advisors in the province, in support of the reforms launched by former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
The governorate confirmed the abolition of the position of assistants by five assistants and advisers by seven for the governor of Diyala, as well as advisory contracts and returning them to their departments.
The decision to abolish the positions of assistants and advisers at the same time was accompanied by a decision of the provincial council to dissolve all district and sub-district councils, while leaving the president and his deputy for each municipal council to run the administrative matters until early elections are held to form new councils in accordance with the legal framework.
However, the decision was canceled by a decision of the Federal Court for violating the constitution and the powers granted to provincial councils.
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