20 December 2018

Ethiopia: House Endorses Draft Bills to Establish Border, Identity Commission, Amend Defense Forces Proclamation

Addis Ababa — The House of People's Representatives (HPR) approved a new draft bill aimed at amending and establishing a commission in charge of regional boundaries and identity related issues, which is accountable to Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed.

The Administrative Boundaries and Identity Issues Commission establishment /Draft/ proclamation set to resolve issues of administrative boundaries and identity issues that repeatedly raised among regional states and within regions, it was indicated.

The commission is necessitate in addressing controversies relating to administrative boundaries, which are mostly source of conflicts among diverse nations, nationalities and peoples.

In this regard, the House approved the draft bill to establish a Border and Identity Commission with majority vote, 33 against, and four abstentions.

Likewise, the House also approved a new draft bill aimed at amending the existing Defense Forces Proclamation.

The new bill amends more than 28 articles; adds establishment of naval, space and cyber forces.

It also suggests extending service period of armed forces.

So far, the House approved the draft bill to amend the Defense Forces proclamation with majority vote and one vote against.

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