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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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Siyam: Will not deal with Abbas as president after 9 January

Said Siyam, interior minister in the de facto government in Gaza, declares that the de facto government will not deal with president Mahmoud Abbas as president of the Palestinian Authority when his ...   More...

HR adviser calls for PLC members to resign

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Human Rights advisor, Kamal Sharafi, has called on Palestinian lawmakers to agree to hold legislative elections.  According to Maan News, Sharafi argues that two thirds of ...   More...

Presidential and PLC elections to coincide

The Bureau of Fatwa and Legislation in Ramallah has stated that President Abbas' term will extend to the end of the legislative mandate of the second Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC). The ...   More...

PCHR publishes 2007 annual report

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in Gaza has published its 2007 annual report in English. Section two covers Palestinian Violations of Human Rights and Obstacles to Democratic Reform A central topic is ...   More...

Israel may transfer Atarot to the PA

Israel and the Palestinians have reportedly struck a deal to transfer the Qalandia Airport (Atarot) north of Jerusalem to the Palestinian Authority. Read: Maan News, «Atarot airport near Jerusalem may be transferred to PA,» ...   More...

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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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