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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AMAN proposes new rules to manage the Palestine Investment Fund

The Coalition for Accountability and Integrity (AMAN) has proposed new rules to govern the fund that manages Palestinian public investments, Palestine Investment Fund (PIF). After Hamas' electoral victory in 2006, President Mahmoud ...   More...

Further expansion for Abbas’ forces

Pending U.S. Congress approval of funding requested by president Barack Obama, the United States plans to expand a programme to bolster Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's security forces in the occupied ...   More...

PCHR launches 2008 Annual Report

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in Gaza has launched its Annual Report for 2008. Among the topics adressed is the division in the Palestinian political system, which has been ...   More...

Mobile deal to strengthen Abbas

U.S. aid in the form of loan guarantees meant for Palestinian farmers and other small to mid-sized businesses has been given to a mobile phone firm backed by President Mahmoud ...   More...

Conditions on Hamas government participation

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says that the U.S. will not deal with or fund any Palestinian government that includes Hamas unless Hamas renounces violence, recognizes Israel and agrees ...   More...

AMAN launches Corruption Report 2008

The Coalition for Accountability and Integrity (AMAN) finds that Wasta and nepotism are the two main forms of corruption prevailing in Palestine. In their "Annual Corruption Report 2008", however, AMAN ...   More...

HRW blasts Hamas for political violence

Internal violence continues in Gaza, and 14 killings have been reported between January 18 and March 31, 2009 . Despite promises to investigate unlawful killings and other abuses, Hamas authorities have ...   More...

HRW report on political violence in Gaza

HRW's report, "Under Cover of War", documents a pattern since late December 2008 of arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture, maimings by shooting, and extrajudicial executions by alleged members of Hamas ...   More...

Egyptian proposal for cooperation on reconstruction

Egypt launches a proposal to establish a Fatah-Hamas committee answerable to the West bank based government of President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to oversee reconstruction in Gaza, ...   More...

New round of unity talks in Cairo

Rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah have began a third round of reconciliation talks on Wednesday in Cairo. The aim is to forge a possible unity government. A major sticking ...   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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