Commentaries | Jul 06,2019
May 2 , 2020
In the absence of a hegemonic political force on the horizon, Ethiopia has entered into its most consequential phase, gossip observes. The fate of a country rests on a constitutional understanding and interpretations by legal scholars and practitioners. They will likely determine what the supreme document in the country says or omits if national elections fail to be held upon schedule.
In such a debacle of existential proportion, no one appears to be as decisive as Meaza Ashenafi, Ethiopia's chief justice, claims gossip. This fact was not lost on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) who, a few weeks ago, implored her to explore constitutional avenues to deal with the potential impasse. Thus, the President of the Supreme Court had convened a group of lawyers and legal scholars to brainstorm constitutional scenarios where some of them reportedly made bizarre claims on the peaceful and lawful transition of power, gossip claims.
The immediate outcome of this brainstorming session was a recommendation for Prime Minister Abiy's administration to table for the parliament an emergency decree thought to help in containing the potential spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), gossip disclosed. In the months ahead though, the lawyers gathered have developed various options that the Prime Minister laid out for the political opposition earlier last week.
The group of individuals invited by Chief Justice Meaza who authored these options include Melaku G. Desta, a law professor recently returned from England; and Mulugeta Aregawi, a returnee from the United States, gossip disclosed.
Of the four options, the most likely to persuade the political class was whether to introduce a constitutional amendment in relation to the electoral schedule or the need to have constitutional interpretations by the House of Federation, according to gossip. Indeed, there are staunch advocates in this group who urge the administration to get an extension for the state of emergency from parliament come September 2020, claims gossip. It is a road to the abyss, which will leave Abiy's government and the command post formed to enforce the emergency decree without an elected legislative House to oversee the executive, says gossip.
In the end, lawmakers last week directed the propositions to the parliament's Legal, Justice & Administration Standing Committee chaired by Fozia Amin to further deliberate. Legislators will be back soon to make a fateful decision whether to initiate a constitutional amendment process or push the matter to the House of Federation for interpretation, according to gossip. Should they pick the latter, the case will bring back the indispensable role of Chief Justice Meaza, who chairs the Council of Constitutional Inquiry (CCI), a body established to serve the House.
The Inquiry Council has the role of studying if issues directed to the House needing constitutional interpretations do indeed have merit and makes recommendations to members of the House. Meeting in an ad-hoc manner, they have had to review several issues over the past two decades, including disputes over jurisdictional matters lawyers defending Melaku Fenta, former minister for Revenues & Customs, had raised with the Federal High Court.
The Inquiry Council comprises 11 members, including Chief Justice Meaza and her deputy, as well as three representatives from the House of Federation. Six other members selected on their merit and standing serve in the Inquiry Council, including Million Assefa, Fassil Nahom (PhD), Kifletsion Mamo, Desta Birru, Kenea (PhD) and Brehan Hailu, the latter having served as ministers of Information and Justice, respectively. Brehan has recently replaced Hashim Tofiq (PhD), who had served as one of the five deputy directors under the National Information & Intelligence Services, gossip disclosed.
PUBLISHED ON May 02,2020 [ VOL 21 , NO 1044]
Commentaries | Jul 06,2019
Agenda | Oct 24,2020
My Opinion | May 08,2021
Commentaries | Aug 08,2020
Fortune News | Dec 26,2020
Editorial | Nov 13,2021
Editorial | Oct 16,2021
Editorial | Feb 01,2019
Commentaries | Nov 29,2020
Editorial | Jan 11,2020
Photo Gallery | 67463 Views | May 06,2019
Photo Gallery | 59233 Views | Apr 26,2019
Fortune News | 51882 Views | Jul 18,2020
Fortune News | 51526 Views | Sep 01,2021
Commentaries | Mar 25,2023
Life Matters | Mar 25,2023
My Opinion | Mar 25,2023
Sunday with Eden | Mar 25,2023
Agenda | Mar 25,2023
Editorial | Mar 25,2023
Dec 24 , 2022
Biniam Mikru heads the department of cabinet affairs under Mayor Adanech Abiebie. But...
Jul 2 , 2022 . By RUTH TAYE
On a rainy afternoon last week, a coffee processing facility in the capital's Akaki-Qality District was abuzz with activ...
Nov 27 , 2021
Against my will, I have witnessed the most terrible defeat of reason and the most sa...
Nov 13 , 2021
Plans and reality do not always gel. They rarely do in a fast-moving world. Every act...
When market liquidity or funding liquidity crisis occurs at a moment when inflation i...
Leaders of the National Election Board are in a charm offensive mood, of a sort. Last week, they organised a rare tour for members of the me...
When the country's most senior diplomats and envoys return back to their posts after two-week debriefings, they leave behind a point or two...
Mar 25 , 2023
At a crossroads, Addis Abeba finds itself on the precipice of monumental transformati...
Mar 18 , 2023
Ethiopia's economy once hailed as a paragon of growth and development, now faces a co...
Mar 11 , 2023
Ethiopia is rapidly emerging as one of China's top African debtors, second only to An...
Mar 4 , 2023
Once again, Ethiopia has claimed international attention in the past few weeks for re...
A few months ago, homelessness became of families with kids, the elderly and people with disability whose homes were demolished while they w...
Mar 25 , 2023 . By TAMRAT G. GIORGIS
As Ethiopia grapples with its escalating external debt, the arrival of an Internation...
Mar 25 , 2023 . By BERSABEH GEBRE
The Ethiopian insurance industry has pledged to donate 75 million Br to support a ser...
Mar 25 , 2023 . By MUNIR SHEMSU
As Ethiopia emerges from one of the deadliest conflicts in recent history, the countr...
Mar 25 , 2023 . By BERSABEH GEBRE
Local contractors plea for the international bid price threshold to be raised as the...
Or see contact page