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House rejects proposed immunity for Ombudsmen, investigators

The House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) has approved a new draft proclamation providing for the establishment of an Ombudsman Institution repealing the existing proclamation – Ethiopian Institution of the Ombudsman Proclamation No. 211/2000—after rejecting a provision that bestows legal immunity on ombudsmen and investigators of the Institution.

House Committee to reconsider removal of federal judge

The House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) on Friday referred a draft resolution which proposes the removal of a Federal High Court judge to the Law, Justice and Democracy Standing committee for consideration and possibly hold a formal hearing for the judge in question.

Another woman at the helm

Taking the nation in a sweeping fashion, the nomination and election of women to key posts reached the Federal Supreme Court with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) nominating Meaza Ashenafi – the renowned legal expert and human rights activist – as its first ever female president to preside over the court.

MPs question appointment of diplomats

Members of the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) raised questions regarding the competency of newly appointed ambassadors and heads of mission of Ethiopia’s diplomatic outposts, most of whom were unseated from government executive offices.