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Constitution Day Armenia 2019

Friday, July 5, 2019

Commemorates the adoption of the first Constitution of Armenia in 1995.

Constitution Day is a public holiday in Armenia celebrated on July 5.

On August 23, 1990, Armenia became the first non-Baltic country to declare independence from the Soviet Union.

It took the newly independent republic almost five years to adopt a constitution because of escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh War.

Immediately after independence, the 1978 Constitution of the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic remained in effect.

In late 1992, a draft constitution was presented.

A revised version was put forward in 1993.

In January 1994 opposition parties presented an alternative constitution.

After further debate, a constitutional referendum was held.

On July 5, 1995, 70% of voters approved the new constitution. 

In 2005, another constitutional referendum was held which resulted in the adoption of an amended constitution.

The 2005 Constitution was supported by 94,5% voters.

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