PROCLAMATION No. 396/2004
A PROCLAMATION TO RATIFY THE PROTOCOL FOR THE INTER-PARLIAMENTARY UNION OF IGAD MEMBER STATES
WHEREAS, the Heads of State and Government of IGAD Member States had proposed for the establishment of an Inter-Parliamentary Union of IGAD Member States in the Khartoum Declaration they issued at their Eight Ordinary Summit held on 23rd November 2000;
WHEREAS, the Conference of Speakers of National Parliaments of IGAD Member States that convened in Addis Ababa, on 20 February 2004, for launching the Inter-Parliamentary Union has adopted the Protocol thereof;
WHEREAS, the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia fully endorses the objectives of the Union;
WHEREAS, it is stipulated in the Protocol that it shall enter into force upon ratification by four National Parliaments of the Member States of IGAD;
WHEREAS, the House of Peoples’ Representatives of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has at its session held on 25th March 2004, ratified the said Protocol;
NOW, THEREFORE, in accordance with Sub Article (1) and (12) of Article 55 of the Constitution, it is hereby proclaimed as follows:
1. Short Title
This proclamation may be cited as “Protocol for the Inter-Parliamentary Union of IGAD Member States Ratification Proclamation No. 396/2004.”
2. Ratification of the Protocol
This Protocol for the Inter-Parliamentary Union of IGAD Member States is hereby ratified.
3. Effective Date
This Proclamation shall come into force as of 25th day of March, 2004.
Done at Addis Ababa, this 25th day of March, 2004
PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA