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Ethiopia’s Council of Constitutional Inquiry working on Interpretation

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President of Federal High Court, Meaza Ashenafi. Photo credit : ENA/file

May 14, 2020

The Council of Constitutional Inquiry announced on Thursday that is working on Constitutional Interpretation request from the House of People’s Representatives of the Federal government of Ethiopia.

The parliament made the request in early May after the majority of parliamentarians voted for Constitutional Interpretation as a better legal option to deal with the issue of extending the national election which was scheduled to take place in August 2010.

In a media brief, Meaza Ashenafi, President of the Federal Courts, said that the task is given a priority and that the Council is working on it diligently, as reported by state media – Ethiopian News Agency.  

Constitutional lawyers and other legal experts are taking part in the work, she added.

“Members of the council have been working responsibly and independently,” ENA quoted her as saying. And she seems to be confident, based on the ENA report, that the outcome of the interpretation will demonstrate “the neutrality and fairness of the process.”

The council has disclosed, via Meaza Ashenafi, an intent to hold a public hearing on Saturday and Monday.

Three articles of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia will be interpreted in the process to see if the Ethiopian government can extend the election, and if so, under what circumstances.  Article 54 (1)  “Members of the House of People’s Representatives shall be elected by the People for a term of five years on the basis of universal suffrage and by direct, free, and fair elections held by secret ballot,” Article 58, (2) “The House of People’s Representatives shall be elected for a term of five years. Elections for a new House shall be concluded one month prior to the expiry of the House’s term,” and  Article 93 of the constitutions which explains declaration and execution of states of emergency are among the articles up for interpretation by the council.

After the Ethiopian parliament endorsed the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) decision that it is unable to go ahead with the national election in August due to Coronavirus, the House debated four legal options to extend the general election and voted in favor of constitutional interpretation.

State of Emergency, Constitutional amendment, and dissolving parliament were other options considered by the Ethiopian parliament.

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  1. Tigrai once again is determined to save the nations and nationalities of Ethiopia from the Amara hegemony . Currently the Amara hegemony is conspiring to destroy the Ethiopian Constitution. The conspiracy against the Ethiopian Constitution is being documented for history to know why we Tigraians are being forced to do what we do.

  2. The fact is Muslims in Ethiopia are by law allowed to have multiple wives at the same time with my n many instances the Muslim wives being under age.
    The constitution of Ethiopia permits all muslims in Ethiopia to follow SHERIYA LAW as their family law so the Muslims in Ethiopia are entitled to marry two or more wives at the same time.
    The Khadis Courts of Ethiopia let Muslims be governed by Shariya family law.

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  3. Ato Meles, despite the respect we have for him, single-handedly designed the constitution and passed it as it was written by the peoples of Ethiopia. That should be the start of our debate, not how to interpret it.


      You must be one of those Dr. Teodros Adanhom Ghebreyesus recruited crumb eaters money launderers .

      Real Ethiopians will never have any respect of whatsoever towards this thick headed , ethnic cleanser , low life , criminal against humanity, genocidal , tyrant the evil Legesse Zenawi .

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