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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– Hamas ready to negotiate government

Hamas hopes the Egyptian-brokered talks set for 7 July will be successful, said party leader-in exile Khalid Meshaal following a rare meeting with Egyptian officials on Tuesday.  Meshaal states that ...   More...

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...

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...

Fayyad stays on for now

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has submitted his resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas, but will stay on until a new government is formed. Read: Alertnet, "Palestinian PM Fayyad stays on for ...   More...

Fayyad: No political prisoners in WB

Prime Minister Salam Fayyad of the caretaker cabinet in the West Bank claims that there are no political prisoners in WB, and that Hamas' refusal to participate in conciliation talks ...   More...

New court opened in Jericho

Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister for the Palestinian caretaker cabinet in Ramallah, has opened the new building for the Jericho preliminary court. During the opening ceremony, Fayyad emphasized the importance of ...   More...

Fayyad calls for transitional government

In a meeting with Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Palestinian caretaker Prime Minister Salam Fayyad stated that he attempts to speed the formation of a transitional government. Such a government is ...   More...

Phone firm helps pay PA wages

In order to pay public service salaries this month, Palestinan Prime Minister Salam Fayyad was forced to seek help from a mobile phone company eager to speed its entry into ...   More...

Poll: Majority sees Fayyad cabinet as legitimate

In a poll taken by Near East Consulting after an outbreak of Hamas and Fatah late this summer, 54 percent of participants said that they view the government of Salam ...   More...

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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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