Ukraine celebrates the Day of Constitution on June 28. It is 23rd anniversary since the adoption of the main law.
Ukraine, which regained independence, lived without Constitution for five years. The MPs of the first gathering of the Verkhovna Rada started the work on the bill; however, they failed to finish it due to the earlier dissolution of Parliament. The political disagreements between President Leonid Kuchma, Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko and the parliament seriously hampered the work. Moreover, the factions of the parliament also had diametrically opposed opinion about what the Constitution of independent Ukraine should be.
The work lasted for over a year. After all delays and scandals, including clashes between the lawmakers, on June 27, 1996, Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Moroz offered to work without breaks until full adoption. As a result, the session lasted about 20 hours.
On June 28, at 9:20 a.m., the Constitution of Ukraine was adopted by votes of 315 MPs.
The adoption of the Constitution in 1996 marked the beginning of the formation and development of Ukraine as new democratic and independent state. The events of that time provided the basis of the political life of Ukraine, which exists within the government quarter today.