Palestinian Basic Law
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The Palestinian Basic Law

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

News & updates

Al-Ahmad: Abbas considers holding elections

According to senior Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmad, President Mahmoud Abbas is looking into holding presidential and legislative elections despite the national division. Read: Al-Ahmad: Abbas considering holding elections, Maan News, 30 January ...   More...

Maan: Hamas calls for restructuring of thePO

 Hamas leaders call on figures in the Palestine Liberation Organization to resign, saying leaked information on talks with Israel has revealed them as traitors to the Palestinians.  Read: Maan News, "Hamas ...   More...

PLC official denied travel permission

According to a Hamas statement,  Nasser Abdul Jawad was detained at the border for a number of hours and told he could not pass from the West Bank into Jordan. Read: ...   More...

Maan: PLC member accuses PA of stalling elections

Palestinian Legislative Council member Hasan Khreisheh on Friday accused the Palestinian Authority of trying to further delay elections. Read: Maan News, "PLC member accuses PA of stalling elections," 22 January 2011.   More...

Maan: Hamas fears new “campaign” against members

Israel has detained the former Palestinian finance minister  in the West Bank district of Salfit, the second Hamas member of the Palestinian Legislative Council to be detained in two weeks. Read: ...   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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