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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PCHR condemns mass arrests

The PCHR condemns mass arrests by Hamas supporters in the West Bank and Fatah supporters in Gaza respectively. In a press release Sunday, the PCHR expresses concern "that these arrests ...   More...

Siyam: Will not deal with Abbas as president after 9 January

Said Siyam, interior minister in the de facto government in Gaza, declares that the de facto government will not deal with president Mahmoud Abbas as president of the Palestinian Authority when his ...   More...

PICCR changes name and launches new website

The Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens' Rights changes its name to Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR). Their former website is no longer available. Their new web adress is ...   More...

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 ...   More...

PCHR criticizes Ministry of Interior for interfering with Women’s Arab Union elections

On 13 July Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) in Gaza received a complaint from a candidate in the elections for the Administrative Board of the Arab Women's Union Association. ...   More...

Fayyad calls for interim government and elections

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad calls for the establishment of an interim government to oversee government services and policies while preparing for and overseeing general elections. Read: Maan News, "Fayyad calls ...   More...

Attorney General survives assassination attempt

Tuesday, a bomb detonated in the boot of Attorney General Ahmad al-Mghanni car in the Al-Maysoun neighbourhood of Ramallah. Al-Mghanni survived the bomb attac. Read: Maan News, "Palestinian Attorney General survives ...   More...

Abbas refrained from meeting Hamas in Damascus

Under a two-day visit to Damascus, President Mahmoud Abbas would not meet with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, who lives in exile there. His discussions with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad focused on ...   More...

Hamas leader calls for transitional government

Hamas leader and former government spokesman Ghazi Hamad calls for the formation of a transitional Palestinian government and the establishment of a «Ministry of National Reconciliation» to deal with the ...   More...

PLC member blasts extension of Abbas’ term

Faraj Al-Ghoul, Hamas member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) argues that the extension of President Abbas' term is a violation of the Palestinian Basic Law. Al-Ghoul is head of ...   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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