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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Kosovo parliament adopts new constitution
Katerina Ossenova at 1:06 PM ET

[JURIST] The Assembly of Kosovo [official website] Wednesday adopted the country's new draft constitution [text] without a vote, which was signed [press release, in Albanian; JURIST report] earlier this week by top Kosovo officials. Last week, the European Union certified [JURIST report] that the seceded Serbian province's constitution is in line with its international obligations, guaranteeing the individual and community rights of all its citizens.

Kosovo's constitution is slated to come into effect on June 15, close to the date that EULEX Kosovo [planning website], a 1,800-strong European Union police and justice mission [Reuters report], will assume authority from the UN Mission in Kosovo [official website]. The transition is taking place despite reservations from some EU member states that have declined to recognize [JURIST reports] the Assembly of Kosovo's February unilateral declaration of Kosovo's independence [text; JURIST report] from Serbia. Reuters has more.

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