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IGR in the ANRS


Merhatsidk Mekonnen

Legal Advisor-in-Chief

President of the Amhara National Regional State

Bahir Dar, January 2014

1. Constitutional Synopsis

An often time, the notion of IGRs is premised on a country’s generic choice of federalism as an ideal system of governance. An intergovernmental relation, however, presupposes the existence of a constitutionally recognized territorial jurisdiction wherein more than one structures of governmental authority are established and exercised at various levels, regardless of form and content.

Definitely, the Amhara National Regional State is one of the nine constituent units of the FDRE as specifically mentioned under Art. 47 Sub-Art. 1. (3) of the Federal Constitution of 1995. With the exception of the Urban Administrations of Municipal jurisdiction which have been established by the grand proclamation separately enacted by the Regional Legislature in 2003, all the three interdependent tiers mentioned here-above are constitutional creations along with their respective shares of substantive powers and responsibilities listed therein. Hence,the state has a multi-level governance structure consisting of the regional, Woreda/Urban and Kebele Administrations as are elaborated under Art. 45 Sub-Art. (1) of its Constitution revised in 2001.

Furthermore, the Regional Constitution establishes the Awi, Himra and Oromo Nationality Administrations in three specific areas pursuant to Art. 45 Sub-Art. (2) of the Constitution as additional decision-making tiers between the Regional and Woreda structures.

At the moment, the following three dimensions of intergovernmental relations are observable in the short-lived experience of the regional state:

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