Constitution day is marked, experts demand a revision

Constitution day is marked, experts demand a revision

IBNA Special Report

Pristina, April 8, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Institutions in Kosovo have marked on Tuesday the seventh anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.

Present in the ceremony were the heads of the state and representatives of other institutions.

In her speech, president of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga declared that this day may makes the country proud as the Constitution is applied in the entire territory of Kosovo.

“The Constitution of Kosovo makes us feel proud with the fact that it’s applied in the entire territory. We have also shown how our institutions have done their job in applying the law”, said Jahjaga, adding that the rule of law is the path that must be followed by institutions.

Meanwhile, PM Isa Mustafa said that the Constitution of Kosovo is a political act to build a fair and democratic state.

He said that the Constitution signed seven years ago has crowned independence and imposes a responsibility for institutions to apply it.

“Freedom and independence are big words, for which sacrifices were made. We must not forget all of those who gave their life and sacrificed themselves for this day”, Mustafa said.

Among others, Mustafa said that this is a day of greater hope for integration in Euro Atlantic structures.

Meanwhile, minister of Justice, Hajredin Kuci has commemorated those who fell for this day and the founders of this Constitution.

He said that the Constitution of Kosovo has been signed by people who love their country, in the presence of many international representatives and citizens of the country.

“Today we commemorate all those who contributed and gave their knowledge for this day, but we must not forget those who signed the Constitution, such as Nekibe Kelmendi, who is no longer among us today”, Kuci said.

Experts of constitutional issues say that the highest legal document of the state has not been respected by the institutions of the country.

Former speaker of Parliament, Jakup Krasniqi, who was part of the drafting of the Constitution, has warned that the Constitution is soon expected to be violated by the institution that approved it.

“I was lucky to be part of its drafting as member of the Strategic Political Group of the Unity Group. I have been very active during this period. I have addressed my demands, which have not been taken into account, but I can say that our Constitution is the best document, if we bear in mind the time when it was drafted. As to how much the Constitution has been respected, I’m sorry that I cannot answer in a positive way. Our Constitution is the most important state document, which has not been respected a lot. Are new violations are expected in the days to come from the institution that approved it?!”, Krasniqi declared.

Meanwhile, expert of constitutional affairs, Mazllum Baraliu says that besides the historical importance that it has, this legal act has not fulfilled the needs of the people of Kosovo.

“In spite of the historical importance that this constitutional act has for the Republic of Kosovo, since it came into effect, unfortunately it cannot be said that it has met all the requirements of time. During this period of time, the Constitution has faced many challenges. What’s more, this Constitution has been often violated, almost every day and not only by the citizens of the northern part of the country”, Baraliu said.

Baraliu also declared that it would be best if the Constitution was rewritten. “I believe that this Constitution should be rewritten. I would say that it would be best to have a new Constitution in order to be more comprehensive and to have a constitution that addresses all challenges of time that Kosovo is going through as a state and society”, he said. /ibna/