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

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 the budget will be submitted to the president for approval “in the absence of the PLC”.

Read news report: Palestine Media Center, “Palestinian 2008 Draft Budget Approved”, (accessed 1 April 2008).

For more on the cabinet session on 1 April, see: Maan News, “Palestinian cabinet convenes in Ramallah,” (accessed 1 April 2008).

According to Art 61 of the Amended Basic Law, “The government shall present the draft budget to the Legislative Council at least two months prior to the start of the fiscal year”.

The PLC has not been able to function due to disagreements between Fatah and Hamas. For background information of the PLC crisis, see

Maan News Agency, “Hamas lawmakers convene Palestinian Legislative Council in Gaza,”, (accessed 13 March 2008).

See also press release from the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in Gaza 11 November 2007 on the PLC crisis: “Political Dialogue is the Only Solution to the PLC Crisis,” (accessed 13 March 2008).

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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.

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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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