Jordan - Local government

Eastern Jordan is divided into 12 governorates—Ajlun, Aqabah, 'Amman, Irbid, Balga, Jarash, Karak, Ma'an, Madaba, Zarqa', Mafraq, and Tafilah—each under a governor appointed by the king on the recommendation of the interior minister. The towns and larger villages are administered by elected municipal councils; mayors and council presidents are appointed by the council of ministers. Smaller villages are headed by a headman ( mukhtar ), who in most cases is elected informally.

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