Afar Regional State Laws

The state of Afar is one of the nine Ethiopia’s federating states. The state has legislative, executive and judiciary organs. The state’s highest law making organ is the House of Peoples Representative of Afar. The house has a legislative mandate to enact Proclamations regarding matters reserved to the state in line with article 52 and 55 of Ethiopian Constitution. The state’s executive council also enacts Regulations to further implement Proclamations. In addition to this, Directives are enacted by Sectorial Bureaus, Commissions and Agencies of the state.

Article 5(3) of Ethiopian Constitution proclaims that federating states of Ethiopia may determine their working language through legislation. Accordingly, Afarigna is designated as the working language of Afar State Government in accordance with article 5 of Afar Constitution. Hence, court litigations are held in Afarigna language in Afar state. Besides, the state’s proclamations, regulations and directives are legislated in Afarigna language.

These Afar State proclamations, regulations and directives, along with the federal laws applicable throughout Ethiopia, constitute the system of laws that are applicable in Afar State.

So far we only have a limited number of legislations of the state of Afar. We would strongly appreciate if you send us the laws of the state and related scholarly works via our address to help us complete the page.

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