The Minister of Local Government of Presidential Council, Badad Qansu, said that some municipalities need new elections for municipal councils, since the four-year terms of the current councils will conclude in early 2018.

He pointed out that his ministry had referred all the procedures related to the local elections to the Presidential Council.

Qansu indicated that municipalities need government allocations of fund in order to provide services to citizens in all areas, and that the provisions of the first and second sections, which are salaries, expenses and emergencies are insufficient to implement new projects and plans that would resolve the urgent issues.

He added that his ministry is holding meetings with the municipalities on an ongoing basis to develop practical solutions to the obstacles facing them and to develop future plans for the municipalities to provide essential services to citizens.