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The Palestinian Basic Law

A collection of various propsals and amendments to the Basic Law of Palestine.

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Haniyeh to expand de facto cabinet

The deposed prime minister Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza is set to expand the de facto cabinet by appointing new ministers to the positions left vacant after the collapse of the ...   More...

Ramzy Baroud on democracy and unity

Ramzy Baroud reflects on the achievements of democracy and the Basic Law, and why these achievements cannot be sustained. Read: MaanNews, "Mixed Priorities: Why Palestinian Unity is Not an Option - ...   More...

Haniyeh stipulates conditions for referendum

Deposed Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of the de facto cabinet in Gaza refers to several conditions for Hamas to accept a referendum over a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders. ...   More...

Hamas will accept referendum result

 Hamas will accept the result of an eventual referendum over a Palestinian state. Hamas are reportedly also willing to concede power to a national  consensus cabinet consisting of technocrats pending ...   More...

PLC continues work on bill to prosecute Israeli war criminals

During a conference organized by the Islamic University in Gaza, acting PLC speaker Ahmed Bahar stated that the Palestinian Legislative Council is  conducting discussions to draft a bill to prosecute Israeli ...   More...

CEC prevented from operating in Gaza

The Central Elections Committee regrets an apparent decision taken to prevent the CEC from operating in Gaza. The CEC affirms that it is an independent and professional institution and not ...   More...

Jailed PLC members plan reconciliation initiative

According to PLC member Hamid al-Baitawi from Hamas' Change and Reform bloc in the Palestinian Legislative Council, PLC members in jail are preparing a reconciliation initiative between Fatah and Hamas. Read ...   More...

Home-buying plan to bolster the president

The American government has initiated a project to establish a $500 million mortgage company to build new neighbourhoods over the next five years in the West Bank. In the words of ...   More...

Israel may transfer Atarot to the PA

Israel and the Palestinians have reportedly struck a deal to transfer the Qalandia Airport (Atarot) north of Jerusalem to the Palestinian Authority. Read: Maan News, «Atarot airport near Jerusalem may be transferred to PA,» ...   More...

Gaza PLC lashes out at Arab indifference

Acting PLC speaker Ahmad Bahar condemns Arab "indifference" to the sufferings of the inhabitants in Gaza. News report: Palestinian Information Center, "PLC condemns Arab indifference to the plight of Gaza," 10 ...   More...

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The Palestinian Basic Law is to function as a temporary constitution for the Palestinian Authority until the establishment of an independent state and a permanent constitution for Palestine can be achieved.

The Basic Law was passed by the Palestinian Legislative Council in 1997 and ratified by President Yasser Arafat in 2002. It has subsequently been amended twice; in 2003 the political system was changed to introduce a prime minister. In 2005 it was amended to conform to the new Election Law. The 2003 reform was comprehensive and affected the whole nature of the Palestinian political system, whereas the 2005 amendment was only minor and affected only a few paragraphs.

A parallel effort has been made to draft a permanent Palestinian constitution for an independent state, but this was shelved in favor of amending the existing Basic Law.


About this site

This website presents a collection of various drafts and amendments related to the Basic Law and other constitutional texts that have been compiled from various other sources.

You can also expect to find links to news items and reports that are of relevance to Palestinian constitutional law, the electoral framework, political reform and the PA branches of government.

The website was created by the Norwegian journalists Erik Bolstad and Tonje M. Viken in February 2008. The site is a private initiative and has no affiliation to any organizations or authorities.

All external links are purely for information purposes and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors of this site.

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