Due to lack of periodic consolidation of laws in Ethiopia, it is very difficult to precisely identify those laws which are repealed and inapplicable. This surely will create an obstacle in the judicial process of application and interpretation of laws. There are still laws from the imperial and dergue era including laws promulgated during the transitional government period, not repealed by parliament. Some of them are outdated and practically inapplicable. However, substantial part of these laws are still part of the legal system and maintain their status as effective and applicable laws.According to article 5 of Declaration of the establishment of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia proclamation no. 2/1995, All prior laws shall continue to apply unless they are inconsistent with the Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
Identifying and preparing an exhaustive list of all Ethiopian laws is not an easy task. This is typically true as regards laws repealed before the coming into force of the Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. This is mainly due to the absence of the ‘soft copy’ version of the specific statutes before this time. However, as regards laws repealed during the time of 1995 (1987 E.C.) onwards by House of People’s Representatives, it is not as such difficult to identify them with certainty.
Starting from today I will regularly post laws repealed during the time of 1995 onwards. You may find the list of repealed laws anytime on this blog by clicking on the repealed law category located on the sidebar.
Here is the list of laws repealed during 1995.
- The Relief and Rehabilitation Commission Establishment Proclamation No.173/1979(as amended)
This law is repealed by Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Commission Establishment Proclamation No.10/1995. The repealing law itself was amended by Proclamation No. 383/2004. Both Proclamation No.10/1995 and Proclamation No. 383/2004 are again repealed by Proclamation No. 593/2008. Accordingly all the rights and obligation of Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Commission are now transferred to the Ministry of Agriculture
and Rural Development. The name of the Ministry is changed in to Ministry of Agriculture by a recent law determining the power of the executive i.e. proclamation no. 691/2010.
- The Ethiopian Tourism Commission Establishment Proclamation No. 182/1980
Repealed by Tourism commission establishment Proclamation No. 11/1995. Proclamation No. 11/1995 itself was repealed by Proclamation No.471 /2005 ( see proclamation no. 691/2010. The Tourism commission is now upgraded to a ministry level and is now called Ministry of Culture and Tourism)
- The Transitional Period Charter and The Definition of the Powers and Functions of the President Proclamation No. 1/1991
Repealed byDeclaration of the establishment of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia proclamation no. 2/19995
- The Establishment of the Negarit Gazeta Proclamation No. 1/1942
Repealed by Federal Negarit Gazeta Establishment Proclamation No. 3/1995
- The.Definition of Powers and Duties of the Central and Regional Executive Organs of the: Transitional Government of Ethiopia Proclamation No. 41/1993 (as amended)
- The Definition of Powers and Duties of the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers Proclamation
Repealed by Definition of Powers and Duties of the Executive Organs Proclamation No. 4/1995. Proclamation No. 4/1995 itself was amended by Proclamation No. 93/1997 and then it’s (i.e. Proclamation No. 4/1995) Article 6 and 9 were repealed by Proclamation No. 256/2001. Then Proclamation No. 256/2001 itself was amended by Proclamation No. 380/2004. Again for the second time Proclamation No. 256/2001 was amended by Proclamation No.411 /2004. Then Proclamation No. 465/2005 amended Sub-Article (9) of Article 23 of Proclamation No. 4/1995 with the effect of deleting and substituting it with a new article 9. Lastly Proclamation No. 4/1995 (as amended) and No. 256/2001 (as amended) were repealed by Proclamation No.471 /2005 .
This was followed by Three amendments to Proclamation No.471 /2005 by Proclamation No. 546/2007, Proclamation No. 603/2008 and Proclamation No 642/2009. Lastly, Proclamation No. 471/2005 (as amended) was repealed by the more recent and currently effective law as regards the power of the executive which is Proclamation No. 691/2010.
The Ethiopian Science and Technology Commission Establishment proclamation 91/1994
Repealed by Ethiopian Science and Technology Establishment Commission Proclamation No.7/1995 ( now upgraded to a Ministry level and is called Ministry of Science and Technology see proclamation 691/2010)