Baladiyah edit Extracted from Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia - Original source - History
Baladiyah (Arabic: بلدية) is a type of Arabic administrative division that can be translated as municipality or district. The plural is baladiyat (Arabic: بلديات). Grammatically, it is the feminine of بلدي "rural, country-, folk-".
The current Districts of Libya (the top most administrative divisions) are called shabiyat, but the former ones were called baladiyat, sometimes also translated as governorates.
In Turkish, the word belediye, which is a loan from Arabic, means municipality or city council.
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