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The Government

The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) was set up under a new constitution in 1995. Nine autonomous Regional States make up the Federal entity, each vested with powers of self-administration. The Federal Government handles national defense, foreign relations and general policy of common interest and benefits. The FDRE has a bicameral parliament, with the Council of Peoples' Representatives being the highest authority of the Federal Government, while the Council of Federation represents the common interests of the nations, nationalities and peoples of the states. Members of both Councils are democratically elected by universal suffrage for five years.

The Federal State is headed by a constitutional president, and the Federal Government by an executive prime minister, who is accountable to the Council of Peoples' Representatives. Each Regional state is headed by a state president elected by the Regional State Councils.

The Judiciary is constitutionally independent. Supreme federal judicial authority is vested in the Federal Supreme Court. States shall establish state supreme, high & first instance courts. The president and vice-president of the Federal Supreme Court are appointed by the House of Peoples' Representatives with the recommendation of the Prime Minister.

All constitutional disputes and the interpretation of the constitution are handled by the upper house of the Parliament, namely the House of Federation.