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Belarus - Enactment Law Index Page Document Table of Contents

    { Adopted on: 15 March 1994 }
    { ICL Document Status: 15 March 1994 }

 
Article 1  [Promulgation]
The Constitution of the Republic of Belarus shall enter into force on the day on which it is promulgated, apart from the specific provisions thereof that are to enter into force under the procedure and at the times specified in this Law.
 
Article 2  [National Holiday]
The day on which the Constitution is adopted shall be declared a national holiday.
 
Article 3  [Old Constitution and Laws]
On the day on which the Constitution enters into force, the articles of the 1978 Constitution, together with any subsequent amendments and addenda thereto, shall cease to apply, unless otherwise specified in this Law, as shall the articles of the Law on granting the status of a constitutional law to the Declaration of the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of Belarus on the State Sovereignty of the Republic of Belarus of 25 Aug 1991.
 
Article 4  [Enactment of Laws, Constitutional Court]
The laws referred to in the Constitution shall be adopted within two years of its entry into force.  To ensure that the adopted Constitution is implemented in full, a Constitutional Court shall be set up within one month of the day on which the Constitution enters into force.
 
Article 5  [Viable Old Law]
Until the laws and other enforceable enactments are brought into line with the Constitution, they shall apply in the particular parts thereof that are not contrary to the Constitution.
 
Article 6  [Transition for Articles 30 and 46]
Within two years of the entry into force of the Constitution, the laws governing the transition to the exercise of the rights specified in Articles 30 (where it refers to free movement and choice of place of residence within the Republic of Belarus) and 46 of the Constitution shall be adopted.  The transition shall be completed no later than five years after the entry into force of the relevant laws.
 
Article 7  [Transition of Offices]
(1) People's deputies of the Republic of Belarus shall retain their powers until the opening of the first session of the Supreme Council of the 13th convocation.
(2) The powers of the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of Belarus of the 12th convocation, the Presidium thereof, and the Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of Belarus specified in the 1978 Constitution, together with any subsequent amendment and addenda shall be retained until the President takes office, and the powers of the Council of Ministers shall be retained until the formation of the Cabinet of Ministers under the procedure specified in the 1994 Constitution.
(3) After the President has taken office, the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of Belarus of the 12th convocation, the Presidium thereof, and the Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of Belarus shall exercise the powers specified in the 1994 Constitution.
(4) Officials who have been elected or appointed by the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of Belarus of the 12th convocation shall retain their powers for the periods specified in law.
 
Article 8  [Transitional Naming]
It is hereby established that during 1994-1995 the use of the words "Council of People's Deputies" shall be permitted in place of "Council of Deputies" on official forms, seals stamps, and other official documents.
 
Article 9  [Signature]
The Chairman of the Supreme Council is hereby instructed to sign the Constitution.

For methodology see: Comparing Constitutions and International Constitutional Law.
© 1994 - May 29th, 2010 / For corrections please contact A. Tschentscher.