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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CEC “cannot” hold elections

The Palestinian Central Elections Commission finds that it "cannot" hold nationwide elections on 25 January 2010. Read full statement here:   More...

Brown: Stop hitching hopes to any one particular figure

We should focus less on personalities and more on underlying dynamics, states Nathan J. Brown in a Carnegie Web Commentary. " There are some good reasons to continue backing Fayyad’s approach, ...   More...

Nathan J. Brown: “After Abu Mazin? Letting the Scales Fall From Our Eyes”

Nathan J. Brown,  Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment's Middle East programme, argues the US administration should focus less on personalities and more on building a viable Palestinian Authority. Read: Nathan ...   More...

Alertnet Q&A: Does Abbas really intend to step aside?

President Mahmoud Abbas has stated that he does not intend to stand for elections that are scheduled to be held on 25 January 2010. Is he serious? Read: Alertnet,  "Q&A Does ...   More...

Abbas offers to quit

President Mahmoud Abbas announces that he does not wish to stand for presidential elections on 25 January. Read: Alertnet, "Abbas offers to quit over stalled peace process", 5 November 2009, Read: ...   More...

PCHR: Elections constitutional, but inappropriate and impossble without reconciliation

In a position paper, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights argues that while the presidential call for elections is constituionally sound, elections cannot be held without a reconciliation between Fatah ...   More...

Fatah supports Egyptian proposal to delay elections

Fatah has accepted an Egyptian proposal to end the rift witht Hamas. The propsal would delay presidential and parliamentary elections due in January. The preliminary election date is 25 January 2010, but it remains ...   More...

WB: Fatah sacks Hamas mayor

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's government has sacked the mayor of Qalqilya, Wajih Qawas, and his 15-member council. The reason was alleged financial mismanagement by the council. Qawas has been replaced by ...   More...

Nathan J. Brown: Widening gap may vitiate diplomatic breakthrough

«When Hamas and Fatah fought their brief but bitter civil war in June 2007, the outcome was short of Solomonic: the object of contention, the Palestinian Authority, was actually split ...   More...

Abbas to call elections if negotiations fail

In a speech at the first meetiing of the Palestinian National Council (PNC) in 13 years, President Mahmoud Abbas said that he would press ahead with parliamentary and presidential elections ...   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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