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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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PLC member blasts extension of Abbas’ term

Faraj Al-Ghoul, Hamas member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) argues that the extension of President Abbas' term is a violation of the Palestinian Basic Law. Al-Ghoul is head of ...   More...

HRW: PA Security forces use torture

An upcoming report by Human Rights Watch features evidence that Palestinian security forces ruled by Mahmoud Abbas' Palestinian Authority use torture.  At a security conference in Berlin, 40 donor nations pledged £121m ...   More...

41 PLC members still detained

On the second anniversary of the apprehension of several Palestinian lawmakers after the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit by Palestinian factions, 41 lawmakers are still in Israeli jails. Ahmad Shweidih, minister ...   More...

Presidential and PLC elections to coincide

The Bureau of Fatwa and Legislation in Ramallah has stated that President Abbas' term will extend to the end of the legislative mandate of the second Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC). The ...   More...

De facto cabinet allows Fatah elections

In preparation for its sixth General Conference Fatah is set to conduct elections in the Gaza Strip. The Interior Ministry of the de facto cabinet in Gaza has declared that ...   More...

PNC to elect new members for Executive Committee

As the Palestinian National Council (PNC) has been invited to convene in Amman in order to replace four deceased members of the PLO Executive Committe, a dispute has emerged as ...   More...

Hamas minister acknowledges «mistakes»

Interior minister Said Siyam in the de facto Hamas cabinet in Gaza acknowledges mistakes on behalf of Hamas' security forces in maintaining control on the Gaza Strip. His statement was ...   More...

Donors asked to press security forces

Human Rights Watch argues that donors to Palestinan security forces in the West Bank should condition their aid on concrete efforts to end serious abuses by all forces. Human Rights ...   More...

Abbas overhauls security forces by decree

With U.S. support, President Mahmoud Abbas is overhauling Palestinian security forces by decree. About 30 000 security jobs will be shed, according to Reuters. The plain-clothes Preventive Security Forces are ...   More...

Hamas lawmaker freed

Bassam al-Zahari, a Hamas member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) was released by an Israeli military court on Thursday. Al-Zahari was detained two years ago and has been released due to «reasonable doubt», ...   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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