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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Abbas swears in new cabinet amidst protests

President Mahmoud Abbas has sworn in a new cabinet against objections from both Hamas and his own Fatah party. Salam Fayyad was reappointed prime minister in spite of demands from ...   More...

Analysis on new gvt: Why now?

Who are the members of the new cabinet, and why were they appointed just now? Read: Maan News, "Why now? Analysts weigh in on the new government", 19 May 2009, Read: Maan ...   More...

Fatah rejects Fayyad

The Fatah parliamentarian bloc of the defunct Palestinian Legislative Council argues that if a government of all factions is formed it is better to have the prime minister from the ...   More...

Abbas to swear in new cabinet

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas plans to swear in a new cabinet  to be headed by Salam Fayyad. Read: Alertnet, "Abbas to swear in new cabinet despite talks with Hamas," 11 May ...   More...

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...

Cabinet approves PA draft budget

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 ...   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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