Municipality (Palestinian Authority)

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Palestinian territories
The Palestinian territories comprise the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Since the Palestinian Declaration of Independence in 1988, the region is today recognized by three-quarters of the world's countries as the State of Palestine or simply Palestine, although this status is not recognized by the...

 administrated by the Palestinian Authority, a municipality is an administrative unit of local government
Local government
Local government refers collectively to administrative authorities over areas that are smaller than a state.The term is used to contrast with offices at nation-state level, which are referred to as the central government, national government, or federal government...

 similar to a city. They were established and decided after the creation of the Local Government Ministry of the Palestinian National Authority in 1994. All municipalities are assigned by the Local Government Ministry. Municipal council members and mayors are elected by the residents of the particular locality. Municipalities are divided into four sectors depending on their population and importance to their particular governorate.

Municipal types


Municipality A (City) - Primary municipalities or district capitals of the governorates. There are 14 A-level municipalities. These localities are considered cities. Their municipal councils consists of 13 members and a chairman in addition to the elected mayor.

Municipality B (City or Town) - Municipalities that have populations of over 8,000 inhabitants or have had a lengthy existence as local councils under Israeli administration. There are 41 B-level municipalities. Their municipal councils consist of 13 members and a chairperson.

Municipality C (Town) - Municipalities that have populations of 4,000-8,000. Most were recently approved by the Palestinian National Authority. There are 47 C-level municipalities that are governed by 11-member councils.

Municipality D (Village)
Village council (Palestinian Authority)
A Village council is a type of local government used in the Palestinian National Authority for Palestinian localities that usually number between 800-3,000+ inhabitants. The village council is also known D-level municipalities...

- Municipalities with populations of over 1,000. There are 220 D-level municipalities that are governed by 9-member councils.

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