Palestinian Basic Law
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The Palestinian Basic Law

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

News & updates

Possibility of unity talks in February

Egypt has proposed 22 February as a starting date for a new round of unity talks between the Palestinian factions. Read: Reuters Alertnet, "Egypt proposes Feb 22 for Palestinian talks," 27 ...   More...

Reconciliation talks in Cairo

For the first time in ten months, Palestinian officials from Hamas and Fatah have met in Cairo to pave the way for possible reconciliation after Israel's offensive in Gaza. Read: Reuters ...   More...

Possibility of fresh talks in November

According to the Pan-Arab newspaper Asharaq al-Awsat, Egypt seeks to resume inter-Palestinian dialogue in December to reconcile Fatah and Hamas. Hamas pulled out from the previous round that was scheduled ...   More...

Fatah leads in poll

According to a poll conducted by An-Najah University in Nablus, Fatah would take 31.4 percent of the vote in parliamentary elections against 14.4 percent for Hamas. The poll was published ...   More...

Prospects for unity «darker than ever»

While Hamas has taken the rap for boycotting the reconciliation talks scheduled for 9 November in Cairo, some say the move was justified. Read: AFP, "Prospects of Palestinian reconciliation 'darker than ...   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...

Hamas’ fears

On the eve of the upcoming reconciliation sessions in Cairo, Hamas leaders fear that Abbas may rally the Palestinian factions and the Arabs against them, writes Jihad el-Khazen. Read: Middle East ...   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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