AMENDMENT/REVISION FOR TRANSITION?
The transition to democracy needs to start by dismantling the infrastructure of repression in the entire state apparatus. For this, all the repressive laws must be abrogated or amended as necessary.
Beyond this, considering the fact that the system has also been a system of rule BY law (often invoking constitutionalism and legality), we will need amending/revising the constitution if a genuine work of transition or/and transformation is to begin.
Even simple attempts at addressing some of the demands of the Oromo Revolution (e.g. the demand to make Afaan Oromoo an additional working language of the Federal Government) may require constitutional amendments to a few provisions.
The need to address popular demands and the imperative of transforming the polity (transitioning it from authoritarian rule to a just democratic order) may force the regime to undertake a massive constitutional revision as urgently as possible.
Accordingly, it is high time for the regime to set up a broad-based inter-party platform that deliberates on the needed changes and subsequently proposes the same to the parliament so that the latter can formally initiate constitutional amendment processes (as per art 104) on the set of most pressing issues before it’s too late.