The Council of Ministers

Council of Ministers Passes Draft Penal Code & 2 Other Bills

ADDIS ABEBA – The Council of Ministers has discussed and passed three draft laws including a revised penal code during its Saturday meeting, according to the Prime Minister office.

In a statement issued after the meeting, the Office said the existing penal code – enacted in 1961 – is based on a unitary system of government.

It is not compatible with the current federal system and division of power between the regional and federal states, said the office when rationalizing the need for the change to the penal code.

The legal document also lacks clarity, compatibility with the ever changing criminal acts, the office said, while explaining on the need for the latest revision of the proclamation.

The draft bill takes several international and continental conventions that the country ratified into consideration.

After deliberation, the Ministers approved and sent the bill to parliament for ratification.

The PM office also said Arbitration and Reconciliation mechanisms bill was a subject of Abiy’s cabinet during the meeting.

The bill is prepared with a view to resolve disputes particularly in the areas of trade and investment, it said. It also includes the utilization of traditional means of resolving conflicts.

After extensive deliberations, the council has referred the draft proclamations to the House of People’s Representative for endorsement.

The final draft document – accreditation service payment regulation – has also been approved by the Council of Ministers during Saturday’s session.

The document aims at creating a national accreditation system that enables the products and services of the country to become internationally competitive and acceptable, it was learned.

It will be implemented upon its publication on Negarit Gazette – the official government law Gazette for the publication of all Federal laws.