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Powers and responsibilities

The House shall:

1. interpret the Constitution;

2. organize the Council of Constitutional Inquiry;


3. decide, in accordance with the Constitution, on issues relating to the rights of Nations,
    Nationalities and Peoples to self-determination, including the right to secession;


4. promote the equality of the peoples of Ethiopia enshrined in the Constitution, and promote
    and consolidate their unity based on their mutual consent;


5. strive to find solutions to disputes or misunderstandings that may arise between states;


6. determine the division of revenues derived from joint Federal and State tax sources, and the
    subsidies that the Federal Government may provide to the States;


7. determine civil matters which require the enactment of laws by the House of Peoples’
    Representatives;


8. order the Federal Government to intervene if any state threatens the Constitutional order in
    violation of the Constitution;


9. determine on the draft proposal of electoral constituencies submitted by the National Election
    Board based on Article 103/5/ of the Constitution;


10. determine jointly with the House of Peoples’ Representatives the power of taxation on revenue
     sources, in accordance with Article 99 of the Constitution, of which neither the Federal nor the
     state governments have responsibility;


11. elect the President of the country in a joint session with the House of Peoples’ Representatives
      in accordance with Article 70/2/ of the Constitution;


12. participate in the process of the Constitutional amendment as stipulated in sub-Articles (1) and
      (2) of Article 105 of the Constitution;


13. in collaboration with others, offer education and training, and whenever necessary, carry out
      research in matters pertaining to its responsibilities;


14. establish permanent and ad hoc committees of the House;


15. Elect the Speaker and Deputy speaker of the House.

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