Govrenorates o Sirie
Sirie haes fowerteen govrenorates, or muhafazat (singular: muhafazah). The governorates are dividit intae saxty destricts, or manatiq (sing. mintaqah), which are further dividit intae subdestricts, or nawahi (sing. nahia). The nawahi contain veelages, which are the smawest admeenistrative units.
A govrenor, whose appointment is proposed bi the meenister o the interior, approved bi the cabinet, an annoonced bi executive decree, heids each governorate. The governor is responsible for admeenistration, health, social services, education, tourism, public wirks, transportation, domestic trade, agricultur, industry, ceevil defense, an maintenance o law an order in the province. The meenister o local administration wirks closely wi each governor tae coordinate an supervise local development projects. The governor is assistit bi a provincial cooncil, three-quarters o whose members are popularly electit for a term o fower years, the remainder being appointit bi the meenister o the interior an the govrenor. In addition, each cooncil haes an executive airm consistin o sax tae ten officers appointit bi the central govrenment frae amang the cooncil's electit members. Each executive officer is chairgit wi specific functions.
Destricts an subdestricts are admeenistered bi offeecials appointit bi the govrenor, subject tae the approval o the meenister o the interior. These offeecials wirk wi electit destrict cooncils tae attend tae assortit local needs an serve as intermediaries atween central govrenment authority an traditional local leaders, such as veelage chiefs, clan leaders, an cooncils o elders.
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