Palestinian Basic Law
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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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Political prisoners released in Gaza

De facto prime minister Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza has pledged to release all political prisoners and called on the caretaker cabinet in the West Bank to reciprocate the gesture. Seventeen ...   More...

– Arrests could harm talks

President Mahmoud Abbas's security forces has arrested 170 Hamas members in the West Bank in the past four weeks. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, said the detentions could ...   More...

Hamas calls for election decree

Hamas has called on President Mahmoud Abbas to issue a decree to the Central Elections Committee to prepare for presidential elections. Hamas argues that Abbas' term expires on 9 January ...   More...

Potential power vacuum after 9 January

Israel needs to prepare for a situation in which President Mahmoud Abbas cannot negotiate by January 2009 because of the eroding legitimacy after his tenure expires, states Israeli analyst. Fatah ...   More...

– Breakdown may provide openings

The presidential term of Mahmoud Abbas will soon expire, but a new election seems unlikely, states Jamal Juma in an OpEd in The Guardian. Juma argues that a breakdown may ...   More...

– Hope in the Egyptian proposal

Saleh Al-Naami provides an analysis of the Egyptian proposal. The proposed project calls for the creation of a national reconciliation government with specified tasks which includes preparing for new legislative ...   More...

Fatah will not meet Hamas bilaterally

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction has rejected a request by Hamas rivals to meet separately, without the presence of the other 11 Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) factions, ahead of multi-factional ...   More...

-Hamas’ gamble endangers PLO

If Hamas is waiting for 9 January to ambush its rival, this will be a disaster," states I’smat Abed Al-Khaleq in an op-ed in Maan News. Al-Khaleq argues that this would ...   More...

Hamas open to extension of presidential term

Hamas has indicated willingness to allow a technocratic government to take power, providing that all sides agree on the name of each minister. They may also agree to an extension ...   More...

-Abbas will stay on

The speaker of the Fatah bloc of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), Azzam Al-Ahmad, argues that according to the Basic Law, the president’s post can be vacant only in one of ...   More...



Facts about the Basic Law

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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