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The Revised Constitution of The Empire of Ethiopia - 1955
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Chapter I

ARTICAL 1

The Empire of Ethiopia comprises all the territories, including the islands and the territorial waters, under the sovereignty of the
Ethiopian Crown. Its sovereignty and territory are indivisible. Its territories and the sovereign rights therein are inalienable.

All Ethiopian subjects, whether living within or without the Empire, constitute the Ethiopian People

ARTICAL 2

The Imperial dignity shall remain perpetually to the line of Haile Sellassie I, descendant of King Sahle Sellassie, whose line
descends without interruption from the dynasty of Menelik I, son of the Queen of Ethiopia, the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon
of Jerusalem.

ARTICAL 3

The succession to the Throne and Crown of the Empire by the descendants of the Emperor and the exercise of the powers of
Regency shall be determined as hereinafter provided.

ARTICAL 4

By virtue of His Imperial Blood, as well as by the anointing which He has received,  the person of the Emperor is sacred, His dignity
is inviolable and His power indisputable. He is, consequently, entitled to all the honours due to Him in accordance with tradition
and the present Constitution. Any one so bold as to seek to injure the Emperor will be punished.

ARTICAL 5

The order of succession shall be lineal, and only male, born of lawful wedlock, may succeed male; the nearest line shall pass
before the more remote, and the elder in the line before the younger.

In conformity with the provisions of this Artical and the following Articals 6 - 16, a special law shall determine the order of, and
the qualifications for the succession.

ARTICAL 6

Among those entitled to the succession shall be reckoned also the son unborn, who shall immediately take his proper place in the
line of succession the moment he is born into the world.

ARTICAL 7

In the event that, at the time of His succession to the Throne and Crown, the Emperor shall have attained the age of eighteen
years, He shall, on the day determined by Him, but in any event not later then one year after His succession to the Crown, be
anointed and crowned as Emperor, the provisions and details of the coronation being determined in the Coronation Ceremonial of
the Ethiopian Orthodox Church of 2nd November, 1930.

ARTICAL 8

Regency shall exist in the event that the Emperor is unable to exercise the Imperial Office, whether by reason of minority, absence
from Empire, or by reason of illness as determined by the Crown Council. In such cases, the Regency shall exercise, in the name of
the Emperor, all the powers and prerogatives of the Crown, except that the Regency shall have no power to grant the title of
Prince, and shall caretake powers only as regards the properties of the Crown and of the Emperor. Regency shall automatically
terminate upon cessation, as regards the Emperor, of the conditions having given rise to the Regency, in accordance with the
provisions of the present artical.  Regency shall be exercised, respectively, in the situations as provided for Articals 9 and 11, by
the person or by the Council, as provided for in Articals 10 and 11.

ARTICAL 9

In the event that the Emperor, or in the event that the Crown Prince or the Heir Presumptive, in the situations provided for in
Artical 11, shall not have attained the age of eighteen years, the Regency shall be exercised by the Council of Regency as provided
for in Artical 11.

ARTICAL 10

The Council of Regency shall consist of the Empress Mother, the two descendants of the line of Sahle Sellassie most nearly related
to the Emperor, as determined by the Crown Council, having reached the age of eighteen and being of sound mind, the Archbishop,
the Prime Minister, The President of the Senate and the President of the Chamber of Deputies. The President of the Council of
Regency shall be the Empress Mother, or, in Her absence, the Prime Minister. No decisions of the Council of Regency shall be taken
except by a majority vote of two - thirds of the members thereof.

ARTICAL 11

Regency shall be exercised by the Crown Prince or the Heir Presumptive, as the case may be, in case of the serious illness, or the
absence of the Emperor from the Empire. However, in the event that the Crown Prince or the Heir Presumptive, as the case may
be, himself shall be subject to serious illness, or shall be absent from the Empire or shall not have attained his eighteenth year, the
Regency shall be exercised by the Council of Regency, which shall automatically relinquish its functions to the Crown Prince or the
Heir Presumptive, as the case may be, upon the cessation of any such disability of the Crown Prince or the Heir Presumptive, as
the case may be. Serious illness of the Crown Prince or the Heir Presumptive, as the case may be, shall be determined by the
Crown Council.

ARTICAL 12

Upon the birth of the Crown Prince, the Emperor shall designate the members of the Council of Guardianship to be convened and
to assume its responsibilities only in the event of a Regency. The mother of the Crown Prince shall ex-officio a member of such
Council. The Council of Guardianship shall receive in trust for the Crown Prince one third of the annual income and revenues
received by the predecessor of the Crown Prince who has become Emperor, in conformity with this the provisions of Artical 19 (c).

ARTICAL 13

(a) In the event that the Emperor shall, at anytime, have no male descendant, or no male descendant capable of meeting the
requirements for succession to the Throne, He shall, after having previously consulted the Crown Council, publicly designate as
Heir Presumptive from amongst His nearest male relatives, a direct descendant of Sahle Sellassie, meeting the requirements for
succession to the Throne.

(b) The determination as to the qualifications for succession shall be made by the Emperor, after having previously consulted the
Crown Council.

(c)  In case of a determination that a male descendant is incapable of meeting the requirements for succession, such
determination shall operate to exclude such male descendant in favour of the next male descendant, or in favour of the Heir
Presumptive shall become inoperative upon the subsequent birth of a male descendant.

(d)  In case of the minority of the Emperor, the designation of an Heir Presumptive shall, in accordance with the provisions of the
present artical, be effected by the  Council of Regency. However, at the time of His Coronation, and at any time thereafter, the
Emperor shall be free to designate, in accordance with the provisions of the present Artical , another Heir Presumptive in
replacement of the Heir Presumptive designated by the Council of Regency, or previously, by Himself.

ARTICAL 14

Throughout His minority, the place of residence of the Emperor shall be the Imperial Palace. Absence therefrom for travel or for
educational purposes maybe authorized by law. Upon attaining the age of twelve years the Emperor may make official
appearances, attended by the Council of Regency, the Princes, the "Balabats" and the Dignitaries (Mekuanent.)

ARTICAL 15

Any member of the Imperial Family, who, being eligible for succession, marries a foreigner or who marries without consent of the
Emperor, of the Regent, or of the Council of Regency, as the case may be, shall forfeit all Imperial prerogatives for himself and his
descendants.

ARTICAL 16

The Imperial family shall include all direct lineal ascendants and descendants, together with their spouses, of the Emperor, with
the exception of those who have not complied with the provisions of Artical 15 or who are not of the Ethiopian Orthodox Faith.

ARTICAL 17

The status, position, duties, responsibilities, emoluments, travels abroad and deportment of the Princes and of members of the
Imperial Family shall be considered by the Crown Council from time to time and their recommendations thereon shall be
communicated to the Emperor for further action.

ARTICAL 18

Upon the death of the Emperor, there shall be a period of full national mourning of three months, followed by a period of half
mourning of six months, and upon the death of the Empress, there shall be a period of full national mourning of two months,
followed by a period of half mourning of four months. The Emperor shall proclaim lesser periods of full and half national
mourning upon the deaths of other members of the Imperial Family, except that no period of national mourning may cause to be
postponed a coronation more then one year from the date of the succession to the Crown of the Emperor or of His attaining the
age of eighteen. In the event that the coronation takes place during a period of full or half mourning, such periods of mourning
shall be terminated seven days before the coronation.

ARTICAL 19

(a)  The regalia of the Crown, including all regalia of the Empress and of the Crown Prince, are inalienable as belonging to the
Empire.

(b)  From the date of the proclamation of the present Constitution, all realty registered in the Name of the Crown (Bete Mengist)
are held in trust for the Crown under the administration of the Emperor and are inalienable.

(c)  It is the Emperor's right to administer all of the inalienable properties of the Crown and all profits and revenues therefrom for
the benefit of the Crown and the Empire; and to receive and administer an annual appropriation, as provided by law, from the
Imperial Treasury, which shall, with the aforesaid profits and revenues, be adequate for the fulfillment of His functions under the
present Constitution. In any case of a Regency, the civil list shall be annually determined by law.

(d)   All properties held in the name of the Emperor or members of the Imperial Family are private property and, as such, are
under the same regime as that applicable to all properties of nationals of the Empire.

(e)   The Emperor's Court shall be under His direction and He may make such arrangements in regard thereto as He deems
appropriate. He may, at will, appoint to, or dismiss, from all posts at His Court, such persons as He shall see fit.

ARTICAL 20

Upon the establishment of a Council of Regency, each member thereof shall take,  in the presence of the Emperor, the following
oath which shall be administered by the Archbishop :

" In the name of the Almighty, and as a member of the Council of Regency, I hereby swear to defend, with all my power, the rights,
the privileges and inheritance of His Majesty the Emperor, so long as I shall remain a member of the Council of Regency ;  that I
will, at the all times, respect and defend the Constitution ; and that in all my actions and conduct, as a member of that Council, I
will ever be motivated by respect for the Constitution and the firm resolve of protecting the rights, privileges, and inheritance of
His Majesty the Emperor of Ethiopia. So help me God"
The Archbishop himself shall take the same oath.

ARTICAL 21

On the occasion of His Coronation, the Emperor shall take the following oath:
"In the name of the Almighty God, We
Haile Sellassie I, the Emperor of Ethiopia, swear that We will uphold and defend the
Constitution of the Empire; that We will govern Our Subjects with patience and devotion to their general welfare in accordance
with the Constitution and the laws; that We will faithfully defend, with all the means in Our power, the integrity and territory of
Our Empire; that We will faithfully see to the impartial execution of all laws approved by Parliament and proclaimed by Us; that
We profess and will defend the Holy Orthodox Faith based on the doctrines of St. Mark of Alexandria, professed in Ethiopia since
the Holy Emperors Abreha and Atsbiha; that We will ever promote the spiritual and material welfare and advancement of Our
Subjects; and that, with the aid of the Almighty, We will faithfully execute the promises which We have here undertaken. So help
Us God."

ARTICAL 22

On the occasion of the Coronation of the Emperor, if over twelve years of age, the Crown Prince or the Heir Presumptive, as the
case may be, all members of the Crown Council and all members of the Parliament, shall individually take an oath of homage and
fidelity to the Emperor.

ARTICAL 23

In pursuance of the requirements of Artical 22, the Crown Prince or the Heir Presumptive, as the case may be, if over age of twelve,
shall take the following oath:

"In the name of the Almighty, I hereby swear that I will faithfully observe all the precepts and directions of my August Father (
"Sovereign" in the case of an Heir Presumptive) and will ever strive to respect His wishes and seek not after that which is not given
to me, and be not so impatient as Adonias or so daring as Abeselom; that I will ever conduct myself so as to be worthy of my Sire
("Sovereign" in the case of an Heir Presumptive), of my Imperial Blood and of the high station which is ("may be" in the case of an
Heir Presumptive) my destiny; that I will, at all times, respect the Constitution and the laws, and will ever profess and defend the
Faith of our Orthodox Church. I swear that, with the assistance of the Almighty, I will faithfully execute the promises which I have
here undertaken. So help me God."

In the event that the aforesaid oath shall not be taken on the occasion of the Coronation, either by Crown Prince or by the Heir
Presumptive, as the case may be, it shall be taken before the Emperor by the Crown Prince or the Heir presumptive, as the case
may be, upon his attaining the age of eighteen.

ARTICAL 24

In pursuance of the requirements of Artical 22, the members of the Crown Council shall take the following oath:

"In the name of the Almighty, I hereby swear allegiance and fidelity to my Sovereign, His Imperial Majesty
Haile Sellassie I and
that I will, as member of the Parliament, faithfully place above all else the interest and welfare of Ethiopia and of its Sovereign;
that I will at all times, faithfully respect the Constitution and  laws of the Empire, and that I will disclose no secret or confidential
information revealed to me in connection with my official duties and position.  So help me God.

ARTICAL 25

In pursuance of the requirements of Artical 22, the members of the Parliament shall take the following oath:

"In the name of the Almighty, I hereby swear allegiance and fidelity to my Sovereign, His Imperial Majesty
Haile Sellassie I and
that I will, as member of Parliament, faithfully place above all else the interest and welfare of Ethiopia and of its Sovereign; that I
will at all times, faithfully respect the Constitution and laws of the Empire, and that I will disclose no secret or confidential
information revealed to me in connection with my official duties and position.  So help me God.
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