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The Palestinian Basic Law

A collection of various propsals and amendments to the Basic Law of Palestine.

Abbas and Haniyeh: Contest for legitimacy

The latest poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip between 13 and 15 March 2008 shows that Ismail Haniyeh’s deposed cabinet in Gaza is seen as having greater legitimacy and better performance than Salam Fayyad’s cabinet in Ramallah. This is the first time that Haniyeh’s government has received greater public legitimacy than Fayyad’s.

49 percent say that Haniyeh should stay in office as prime minister, while 45 percent say he should not. By contrast, only 38 percent say Fayyad’s cabinet should stay in office, and 55 percent say it should not. 34 percent say Haniyeh’s cabinet is the legitimate Palestinian government, while 29 percent see Fayyad’s government as legitimate.

Nine percent say both governments are legitimate, while 24 percent reject both governments as illegitimate.

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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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