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Egypt plans to reinstate municipal oversight councils

Parliament hopes to pass a bill yet this year to tackle corrupt municipal workers in Egypt, even as the federal government is cracking down on protesters who are trying to take on alleged malfeasance at the highest levels.
An man Egyptian casts his ballot with a child at a polling station during the third day of a referendum on constitutional amendments, at a school in shamma village in the northern Nile delta province of Menoufia, on April 22, 2019. (Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)
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CAIRO —  A bill designed to crack down on rampant government corruption at the local level and implement significant reforms is making its way through Egypt's parliament. 

Municipal corruption has run amok without local councils' oversight, according to sources who spoke with Al-Monitor. The last local councils were dissolved by the Cairo Administrative Court following the 2011 revolution. While municipal employees are appointed by the state in Egypt, local councils are elected by the people and tasked with monitoring municipalities' performance. 

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