11:53 Jun. 28, 2016
Constitution was endorsed 20 years ago
On 28 June, Ukraine celebrates 20 years since the country's current Constitution came into force. The Constitution Day is a public holiday.
The country's main document was adopted by Ukraine's Parliament (the Verkhovna Rada) on the night of 27- 28 June, in 1996 - the fifth year after the proclamation of independence.
Ukraine was the last among the former Soviet republics to adopt a new constitution.
The adoption of the Constitution fixed the legal framework of an independent Ukraine, its sovereignty and territorial integrity, made an important step towards ensuring human and civil rights, and contributed to Ukraine's authority on the international arena. Since then, the Constitution was amended several times - under pressure from certain political forces, or under certain circumstances.
Thus, starting March 2, 2014, Ukraine has the Constitution, adopted on 28 June 1996, which was amended and supplemented in 2004, 2011, 2013, and 2014.
The constitutional process still continues in Ukraine. On August 31, 2015, the Parliament previously approved the Presidential law on amendments to Ukraine's Constitution (concerning power decentralization).
On June 2, 2016, the Parliament passed a law amending the Constitution (regarding justice), or the so-called a judicial reform.