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Serbia political parties agree on draft constitution text

[JURIST] The major political parties in Serbia [JURIST news archive] have reached an agreement on the text of a draft constitution after weeks of negotiations, Local Government and Administration Minister Zoran Loncar said Friday. Although parliament is scheduled to consider the document on Saturday, few details about it have been made public. Earlier this month, the National Assembly of Serbia [official website] voted overwhelmingly to refer to the province of Kosovo as an "integral and historic" part of Serbia [JURIST report] in the new constitution, and the draft is said to reflect that language.

Serbia's current constitution [PDF text] dates to the regime of Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive], who died in March while on trial for war crimes and genocide. To take effect, the new constitution must be approved by two-thirds of parliament and a majority of voters. Deutsche Presse-Agentur has more.

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