Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s caretaker cabinet has approved the 3.338 billion dollar draft budget for 2008. According to Palestine Media Center, Palestinian Information Minister Riyad Malik stated to Haaretz that the budget will be submitted to the president for approval “in the absence of the PLC”.
Read news report: Palestine Media Center, “Palestinian 2008 Draft Budget Approved”, http://www.palestine-pmc.com/details.asp?cat=1&id=1626 (accessed 1 April 2008).
For more on the cabinet session on 1 April, see: Maan News, “Palestinian cabinet convenes in Ramallah,” http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=28578 (accessed 1 April 2008).
According to Art 61 of the Amended Basic Law, “The government shall present the draft budget to the Legislative Council at least two months prior to the start of the fiscal year”.
The PLC has not been able to function due to disagreements between Fatah and Hamas. For background information of the PLC crisis, see
Maan News Agency, “Hamas lawmakers convene Palestinian Legislative Council in Gaza,” http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=27873, (accessed 13 March 2008).
See also press release from the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in Gaza 11 November 2007 on the PLC crisis: “Political Dialogue is the Only Solution to the PLC Crisis,” http://www.pchrgaza.org/files/PressR/English/2007/158-2007.html (accessed 13 March 2008).