Beginnings of Parliamentary Practice in the Republic of Estonia
On 23 April 1919, the democratically elected parliament of the Republic of Estonia – the Estonian Constituent Assembly – began its work.
The article quotes in length the speech made at its opening session by August Rei, Chairman of the Constituent Assembly. The activity of the Constituent Assembly in the creation of the foundations of the state and in the law-making was extremely fruitful during a bit more than one and a half years of its existence. According to the Constitution adopted by the Constituent Assembly on 15 July 1920, it ended its activities on 20 December 1920. From that moment, the 100-member Riigikogu (State Assembly) elected by the people for a term of 3 years began its work.