Ethio-Somali Regional State Laws

The state of Somalia 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 Somalia. The house has a legislative mandate to enact Proclamations on 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, Somaligna is designated as the working language of Somalia State Government in accordance with article 6 of Somalia Constitution. Hence, court litigations are held in Somaligna language in Somalia state. Besides, the state’s proclamations, regulations and directives are legislated in Somaligna language.

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

However, we only have a limited number of Ethiopian Somali laws, Therefore, 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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