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Palestinian President Forms Committee to Oversee Administrative Reforms

Palestinian President Forms Committee to Oversee Administrative Reforms

Tuesday, 19 October, 2021 - 06:45
File photo of President Mahmoud Abbas - Reuters

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas decided Monday to form a national committee to oversee administrative reforms following corruption reports in ministries and government institutions.

Wafa news agency revealed that the committee will be chaired by the legal advisor of Abbas.

It consists of the secretary-general of the cabinet, the heads of the General Personnel Bureau, the State Audit and Administrative Control Bureau, and the Palestinian Pension Agency.

The committee members will also include the chairman of the Organization and Administration Authority, the minister of justice, representatives of the Palestinian National Fund and the Ministries of Finance and Foreign Affairs, and a representative of the General Intelligence Service.

The committee will be assigned to study the laws and regulations on which the institutional structure in the state is based. It will further handle all matters related to the public vocation and possible means to reform and develop it as well as rationalize spending.

The committee is further mandated to control the structural and vocational relations among ministries, government institutions, and PLO-affiliated institutions.

Abbas made this decision following a report published by the State Audit and Administrative Control Bureau for 2020, highlighting corruption in the ministries and government institutions.

The bureau received up to 147 complaints in this regard, the report noted.

This caused controversy among Palestinians, and opposition factions demanded launching an investigation into the case to bring corrupts to justice.

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