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Amhara Regional State Laws

The state of Amhara 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 Amhara. The house has a legislative mandate to enact Proclamations, known as Awaj, regarding matters reserved to the state in line with article 52 and 55 of Ethiopian Constitution. The state’s executive council also enacts Regulations, known as Denb, to further implement Proclamations. In addition to this, Directives, known as memeriya, 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, Amarigna is designated as the working language of Amhara State Government in accordance with article 5(2) of Amhara Constitution. Hence, court litigations are held in Amarigna language in Amhara state. Besides, the state’s proclamations, regulations and directives are legislated in Amharic language. The laws of the state are published on Zikre Hig.

These Amhara State proclamations, regulations and directives published on Zikre Hig along with the federal laws applicable throughout Ethiopia constitute the system of laws that are applicable in Amhara State.

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