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DATE: 7 July


PR No. 0012


The 37 members of the new Baghdad Interim City Advisory Council will take up their posts from today. This will mean that Baghdad city officials will be accountable to the people they serve for the first time since before the regime of Saddam Hussein.

The Council’s primary role will be to oversee the work of the Interim Baghdad Municipal Executive Committee (a body of senior city employees and representatives of ministries providing services to Baghdad).

The Baghdad Interim City Advisory Council is a new representative body for Baghdad City citizens. The Chairman is Dr Khaled Basheer Mirza and the Vice-Chairman is Ms Siham Hattab Hamdan.

The selection of representatives has been a fair and transparent process. Each member was nominated from within the nine Interim District Advisory Councils, of which they were members. In turn, the members of these District level (Beladiya) bodies were selected from Baghdad’s 88 freely-elected Interim Neighborhood (Hayy) Advisory Councils.

The new body will provide a forum in which residents can identify and discuss local issues of concern and offer suggestions. It will be a mechanism for active participation in the rebuilding of their city’s infrastructure and institutions. Similarly, the council will provide a forum for residents to interact with the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), Coalition military commanders and the Interim Baghdad Municipal Executive Committee.


Notes for Editors:

  • Subject to CPA Order Number 1 on De-Baathification dated May 16, 2003 (CPA/ORD/16 May 2003/01), everyone above the age of 18 was allowed to volunteer to be selected to the interim advisory councils and participate in the periodic meetings held by the interim advisory councils. The process is entirely voluntary.
  • The interim advisory councils must carry on their activities without discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, color, tribe, religion or political belief.
  • Further information about this process, including how to participate, will be be provided by radio and other public announcements.
  • The interim advisory councils are not responsible for the delivery of services to the community (e.g., police, electricity, sewage, medical, etc.). That remains the responsibility of the Interim Baghdad Municipal Executive Committee in co-ordination with the CPA.

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