Palestinian Basic Law
About the site
& contact info

The Palestinian Basic Law

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

Abbas overtakes Haniyeh in poll

The popularity of Hamas has decreased in the second quarter of 2008 compared to the first quarter of the year. According to a poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Survey and Policy Research, Mahmoud Abbas would receive 52 percent of the votes if presidential elections were held today and the only two candidates were Abbas and Ismail Haniyeh. The former would receive 40 percent.

In last March, 49 percent believed that Haniyeh should stay in office as prime minister. This percentage has dropped to 45 percent. Support of Fayyad’s government staying in office has risen from 38 to 42 percent.

23 percent give a positive evaluation of the status of democracy in the Gaza Strip under the Hamas cabinet, while 33 percent hold a positive view of the status of democracy in the West Bank under Fayyad’s cabinet.

Read: Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, Poll No. 28 – Press Release,

Read: Full analysis, PSR Poll No. 28,

Read: Alertnet, “Abbas overtakes Haniyeh in Palestinian Survey, 9 June 2008,”

No Comments, Comment or Ping

Reply to “Abbas overtakes Haniyeh in poll”

Warning: Undefined variable $user_ID in /home/3/p/palestinianbasic/www/wp-content/themes/grid_focus_public2/comments.php on line 75


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.

Information and contact details.