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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Meshaal: “Final stages” of reconciliation

According to Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, Fatah and Hamas have made significant steps towards reconciliation.   Read: Maan News, "Mash'al: Hamas in 'final stages' of reconcilliation with Fatah", 3 January 2010,   More...

– Fatah turns down deal

According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Arab diplomatic sources say that Fatah has turned down a reconciliation proposal by Hamas.  Reportedly, Hamas had planned for the agreement to be signed in ...   More...

“PLC bombing ‘carried out unlawfully and wantonly'”

The December 2008 bombing of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) is the topic of part five of Maan News'  series recounting the findings of South African jurist Richard Goldstone's UN Fact Finding ...   More...

Haniyeh to expand de facto cabinet

De facto Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza plans to appoint more ministers to the de facto cabinet. The intention is to ease the workload of ministers who are responsible ...   More...

PLO extends term for president and PLC

The Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) has decided that President Mahmoud Abbas will stay on after the expiration of his term on 25 January 2010.  PLO has also extended the term ...   More...

Majority supports decision not to run

A majority of Palestinians support President Mahmoud Abbas not to run in future Palestinian elections. This is one of the main findings in a poll conducted by the Palestinian Center ...   More...

Emilio Dabed: Decrypting The Palestinian Political Crisis: Chile 1970-73, Palestine 2006-09

Emilio Dabed compares the political crisis in Palestine to the Chilean political crisis in early 19702. Dabed aims to show that "the Fatah-Hamas conflict does not represent a novelty but, ...   More...

Abbas to stay until next vote

President Mahmoud Abbas states that he will stay on as President until new elections are held, but repeats that he will not stand for reelection. Elections were originally slated for ...   More...

Abbas confirms postponed elections

President Mahmoud Abbas confirms that he has accepted advice not to hold Palestinian elections as scheduled for January 2010. Abbas states that measures will be taken to avoid a constitutional ...   More...

Reasons to doubt Abbas’ withdrawal

"Speculation abounds as to the seriousness with which Abbas has declared his intention not to run for the Palestinian presidency, and so it should", writes Hassan Nafaa in an OpEd ...   More...


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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