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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Possibility of unity talks in February

Egypt has proposed 22 February as a starting date for a new round of unity talks between the Palestinian factions. Read: Reuters Alertnet, "Egypt proposes Feb 22 for Palestinian talks," 27 ...   More...

Reconciliation talks in Cairo

For the first time in ten months, Palestinian officials from Hamas and Fatah have met in Cairo to pave the way for possible reconciliation after Israel's offensive in Gaza. Read: Reuters ...   More...

Gaza cabinet picking up the pieces

Headed by prime minister Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas government in Gaza is working to reassert control. The government has started handing out cash, and the security forces are back on ...   More...

Egypt urges fast aid

While Egypt urges EU to offer fast aid to Palestinians, the EU asks for a Palestinian unity government that will be able to use the funds collected. Read: Reuters Alertnet, "Egypt ...   More...

Nathan J. Brown: Impossible to work with the Palestinian Authority and avoid Hamas

In a recent web commentary, Nathan J. Brown cracks down on several myths involving the legitimacy of the Ramallah based governemnt as constituting the PA, the feasibility of elections and ...   More...

Hamas sticks to rule in Gaza

Hamas wants to keep ruling in Gaza, and not to return to its previous role as a pure resistance movement. Read: International Herald Tribune, "Parsing gains of the war in Gaza," 19 January ...   More...

Abbas now considered ex-president

Minister of justice Mohamed Al-Ghoul in the de facto government in Gaza has issued a press release stating that "any actions, decisions or obligations made by former PA chief Mahmoud ...   More...

PM Fayyad fears reconstruction mechanism will widen split

European leaders and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have offered to set up an interim international committee that would fund and organise aid directed towards reconstruction of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Palestinian ...   More...

Hamas traffic police back in streets

In Gaza, Hamas traffic police and security men are out in the street as a visible symbol of the Hamas administration's authority. The Israeli military strikes in Gaza have destroyed the compounds ...   More...

PFLP on president’s legitimacy and other issues

On being asked by Maan News about the legitimacy of President Mahmoud Abbas, whose term ended  on 9 January, PFLP states that the only Palestinian legitimacy that matters now is ...   More...

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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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