Council of Ministers Passes Decisions on Various Issues

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Council of Ministers Passes Decisions on Various Issues
Council of Ministers Passes Decisions on Various Issues

Africa-Press – Ethiopia. Ethiopia’s Council of Ministers discussed and passed decisions on various issues during its 33rd regular meeting held today.

First, the Council discussed on a draft law presented to amend the Electoral, Political Parties Registration and Electoral Code of Conduct Proclamation of Ethiopia.

Office of the Prime Minister stated that the existing proclamation did not have a system that allows political groups that had been operating outside the legal and peaceful political movement to register as legal political parties when they express desire to operate peacefully.

Hence, a draft amendment to the law has been prepared to establish a system that allows such groups to re-register when they express a desire to operate peacefully and contribute to the democratic system.

After discussing on the draft amendment, the Council unanimously decided to submit it to the House of Peoples’ Representatives.

Next, the Council discussed on the Property Return Proclamation of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

Office of the Prime Minister said in a statement that it is necessary to prepare a clear and detailed legal framework that allows for the effective seizure, freezing, confiscation or administration of properties and money that are secured through crimes.

Hence, a draft proclamation has been prepared to consolidate the dispersed property return and administration provisions in various laws into a single comprehensive law to create an enabling system for implementation, it added.

Deliberating on the draft proclamation, the Council unanimously decided to submit it to the House of Peoples’ Representatives.

Another issue the Council discussed was a draft law aimed at preventing and controlling crimes of money laundering and financing of terrorism.

The statement said legalizing proceeds of crime and financing terrorism pose a security threat and undermine the stability, transparency, health and efficiency of the financial system. Therefore, a draft proclamation has been prepared to prevent and control this crime.

The Council unanimously decided to submit the draft to the House of Peoples’ Representatives after discussing on the matter.

Finally, the Council discussed the draft law to regulate the trading system for petroleum products.

Considering the economic and social importance of petroleum products, it is necessary to control their supply, availability, distribution, pricing, quality and safety, Office of the Prime Minister stated. It is also necessary to establish a modern, efficient, transparent, fair and accessible supply chain and operating system from importers to consumers. Hence, a draft proclamation has been prepared.

After discussion, the Council unanimously decided to submit the draft to the House of Peoples’ Representatives.

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