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The Palestinian Basic Law

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

New ICG report on Ruling Palestine

International Crisis Group has issued their new report, Ruling Palestin II: The West Bank Model?. The report follows Ruling Palestine I: Gaza under Hamas from March this year.

 The report questions whether the Ramallah based cabinet’s strategy of rejuvenating governance under Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and sustained diplomacy steered by President Mahmoud Abbas can succeed.

ICG points out that Abbas and his internal and external supporters have turned a blind eye to legal and constitutional issues, hoping to compensate by the government’s performance.

 Fayyad’s caretaker government in Ramallah is now relying in presidential decrees instead of sanction by the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC).

Download: International Crisis Group, “Ruling Palestine II: The West Bank Model” from International Crisis Group here! (pdf), Middle East Report No 79, 17 July 2008 (pdf).

Download: International Crisis Group,  “Ruling Palestine I: Gaza under Hamas” from International Crisis Group here!, Middle East Report No 73, 13 March 2008 (pdf).

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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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