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excerpt from the Preamble

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What is a constitution? How does a constitution relate to other laws?

A country's constitution is a document which establishes the government system, creates procedures and structure for the government and sets out the government’s powers. Therefore, it is also useful for a constitution to set out the rights of the people, which the government cannot breach.

Once a government system has been established, the government will pass laws and follow the procedures set out in the constitution, as it is the supreme source of all the country’s laws i.e. the local laws must comply with the constitution.