Ethiopian Legal Brief

Proclamation No.1207-2020 A proclamation to provide Legal personality for Ethiopian Islamic Affairs General Council

FEDERAL NEGARIT GAZETTE

OF THE FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA

ADDlS ABABA 4th July, 2020

Proclamation No.1207/2020

A proclamation to provide Legal personality for Ethiopian Islamic Affairs General Council

WHEREAS, it has become necessary to provide legal personality on the national institution organized by Ethiopian Muslims in accordance with the right to establish citizens’ rights to religious administration institutions based on Article 27(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

WHEREAS, it has become necessary to provide legal personality to Ethiopian Islamic Affairs General Council which is a public institution that has a defacto recognition and that represents a large number of Muslim community in relation to the government as well as internationally.

NOW, THEREFORE, in accordance with Article 55(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. it is hereby proclaimed as Follows:

1.     Short Title

This Proclamation may be cited as “A proclamation to provide Legal personality to  Ethiopian Islamic Affairs General Council No.1207/2020″.

2.     Legal Personality

In accordance with this Proclamation Ethiopian Islamic Affairs General Council and religious institutions, organizations and Societies established and to be established under it shall have legal personality without requirement of especial registration.

3.     Heading

The institution may be cited with its full name “Ethiopian Islamic Affairs General Council” and may also be referred to using an abbreviation for convenience of usage in emblems or official seal or stamps as may be necessary.

4.      Budget

1/ The budget of the Council shall be covered by gifts obtained from in and out of the country, Contributions collected from Muslim communities, service fees and donations allowed by the religion.

2/ Without prejudice to the provision of Sub-Article (1) of this Article the Council can engage in additional income generating and development activities pursuant to other tax and commercial administration laws of the country.

3/ The Council shall establish a clear and transparent Financial Administration system.

5.     Working Language

The working language of the Council shall be determined by bylaws taking into account the Federal and Regional working languages.

6.     Transitory Provisions

1/ All properties, obligations and rights obtained before the effective date of this proclamation by all organs of the Ethiopian Islamic Affairs General Council (Mejlis) remain valid.

2/ The General Council may issue Regulation for its internal activity and organization.

3/ This Proclamation shall not affect the rights of other religious institutions established by Ethiopian Muslims either at the Federal or Regional level or their right to organize and be registered in the future.

7.     Effective Date

This Proclamation shall enter into force on the date of publication in the Federal Negarit Gazette.

Done at Addis Ababa, on this 4th day of July, 2020.

SAHELWORK ZEWDE

PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERA DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA

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