When the Republic of Estonia re-established its independence on 20 August 1991, the Supreme
Council of the Republic of Estonia set up a 60-member Constitutional Assembly to write a new
constitution, with an equal number of members drawn from the Supreme Council and the Congress
of Estonia, an alternative representation of the people. The Constitutional Assambly worked
out the Constitution of the basis of the Constitution of 1938; it was adapted by a referendum
on 28 June 1992 and entered into forse on 3 July 1992.
The Constitution proceeds from the legal continuity of the Republic of Estonia since its
proclomation on 24 February 1918. According to the Constitution, Estonia is an independent and
svereign democratic republic wherein the supreme power of state is vested in the people.