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n. Islam
1. Consultation, especially as a principle of governance.
2. An advisory council or assembly.

[Arabic šūrā, consultation, from šāwara, to consult; see śwr in Semitic roots.]


(ˈʃʊərə) or


1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a consultative council or assembly
2. (Islam) a consultative council or assembly
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the process of decision-making by consultation and deliberation
4. (Islam) the process of decision-making by consultation and deliberation
[from Arabic shūrā, literally: consultation]
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Election for the district shura in Khwaja Omari district of the southern Ghazni province was completed on Tuesday.<p>Officials said such process would be completed in 17 other districts of Ghazni and the shuras would help the government in running the affairs in their respective districts.
Senior officer with the election commission in the province Hussain Nabizada said elections for the district shuras were impossible in the present security situation, therefore, they nominated the members to help the government run the affairs of the districts.
Chief of Khwaja Omri district Qasim Desiwal said religious leaders, tribal elders and former mujahideen had been included in the shura. Besides, five women were also members of the shuras, he added.
He hoped the shuras would help solve problems of the people in their respective districts.
Head of the district shura Samiullah, who was head of the regional shura before that, said the previous shuras were appointed by the people.
The elections for the district shuras are being held at a time when around 13 districts in the province are under the Taliban control.
Deputy governor of Ghazni Muhammad Kazim Allahyar said the democracy in Afghanistan needs a government on the local level and the formation of the shuras was a step towards that direction.