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Draft bill takes aim at key provisions of VAT proclamation

Enforced for the past 17 years, and in recent times becoming a tiresome affair to conduct business, a new draft bill has offered an improvement to key provisions of the VAT proclamation, vying for a more friendly business atmosphere than the one created by the existing law.

New authority to regulate petroleum, its business

The House of People’s Representatives (HPR) has approved a draft legislation for the establishment of Petroleum and Petroleum Products Supply and Distribution Regulatory Authority. First tabled before the House in April this year, entitled, ‘a Proclamation to provide for the Establishment of Petroleum and Petroleum Products Supply and Distribution Regulatory Authority, was referred to the Trade and Industry Affairs Standing Committee for further revision.

Lack of finance derails second railway project

The Ministry of Transport (MoT) disclosed that the construction of Ethiopia’s second railway project a.k.a. the Awash-Kombolcha-Woldia/Hara Gebeya railway project has made little progress in the past nine months due to financial shortages.

House approves bill to setup reconciliation commission

The House of People's Representatives (HPR) on Tuesday endorsed the draft proclamation named ‘Reconciliation Commission Establishment Proclamation’ that intends to establish an independent institution with an exclusive power and responsibilities to inquire, disclose the truth and take measures on human rights violations so as to ensure reconciliation and lasting peace.

Infamous Ma’eklawi turns into refuge

The Law, Justice and Democracy Affairs Standing Committee of the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) announced on Thursday that it has verified the notorious detention and interrogation center in Ethiopia known as Ma’eklawi has been without prisoners for the first time.

House elects president, vice president for Supreme Court

In its session that was held today, the House of People’s Representatives elected a president and vice president for the Federal Supreme Court. Accordingly, Meaza Ashenafi has been elected to serve as president. Meaza is the first woman to sit at the helm of the country’s highest judicial organ.

Welcoming madam president

Days after approving a gender-balanced cabinet, lawmakers of both the upper and lower houses– the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) and the House of the Federation (HoF) unanimously elected Sahlework Zewde as the first female President of Ethiopia, replacing the outgoing president, Mulatu Teshome (PhD).