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Kosovo: Constitution Signed

(May 2, 2008) On April 9, 2008, the Parliament of Kosovo unanimously adopted the Constitution, which was signed by Kosovo's President Fatmir Sejdiu and Prime Minister Hashim Thaci. The Constitution declares Kosovo to be "an independent, sovereign, democratic, unified, and inseparable state" that guarantees freedom to all its citizens. The Constitution will enter into force on June 15, 2008, when the United Nations mission to the country will transfer its functions to the Kosovo leaders, European Union police, and observer missions. When it was still in draft form, the text of the Constitution was reviewed and approved by the Peter Feith, head of the International Civilian Office, a joint EU-United States body aimed at establishing the government. Feith checked the compliance of constitutional provisions with the EU requirements. (Kosovo's First Constitution Signed, LEGISLATIONLINE, Apr. 9, 2008.)