Anti-Defection Laws in Ethiopia: Is There Any Constitutional Room?

Indonesian Journal of Social and Environmental Issues (IJSEI)

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Title Anti-Defection Laws in Ethiopia: Is There Any Constitutional Room?
Creator Tesfay, Leake Mekonen
Subject Anti-Defection Laws
Constitutional Law
Parliamentary Defection
Description Anti-defection laws are laws by which members of parliaments (MPs) who changed their party affiliation or voted against the position of their political faction or independent MPs who joined a political party are forced to vacate their parliamentary seat or prohibited from nomination as candidates of another political party in the next election. The essence of anti-defection laws is restricting political party members’ freedom to change their party affiliation to prevent government parties’ loss of majority in the parliament. Anti-defection laws are not uniformly used. While many established democracies see parliamentary defection as manifestation of democracy, other jurisdictions with undeveloped democracies have outlawed defection. In Ethiopia, the FDRE Constitution entitles MPs to be led by the Constitution itself, peoples’ will and their conscience, not necessarily by their party line. Accordingly, MPs can opine and vote contrary to the views of the political party of their membership in parliamentary debates; they can even change their party affiliation without risk of losing their parliamentary mandate. This makes Ethiopia one of the countries without anti-defection laws.
Publisher Literacy Instiitute
Date 2020-12-05
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer-reviewed Article
Format application/pdf
Source Indonesian Journal of Social and Environmental Issues (IJSEI); Vol. 1 No. 3 (2020): December; 228-234
Language eng
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Leake Mekonen Tesfay

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