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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Hamas lawmakers reject new cabinet

The Hamas-affiliated Change and Reform Bloc of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) held a special session on Wednesday attended by Deputy PLC Speaker Ahmad Bahar and de facto Prime Minister ...   More...

– Talks postponed, not cancelled

Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of the de facto cabinet in Gaza, states that the reconciliation talks in Cairo has not been cancelled, only postponed. According to Haniyeh, the talks will ...   More...

Political prisoners released in Gaza

De facto prime minister Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza has pledged to release all political prisoners and called on the caretaker cabinet in the West Bank to reciprocate the gesture. Seventeen ...   More...

Haniyeh to publish book on de facto cabinet’s record

Palestinian de facto prime minister Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza plans to publish a book on the experience of his cabinet. The book is being published by the de facto cabinet's ...   More...

Poll: Majority sees Fayyad cabinet as legitimate

In a poll taken by Near East Consulting after an outbreak of Hamas and Fatah late this summer, 54 percent of participants said that they view the government of Salam ...   More...

Amnesty calls for respect for Basic Law

In letters to President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, Amnesty International criticizes both sides of failing to observe legal safeguards contained in the Palestinian ...   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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