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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«Honour charter» seeks revival of PLC

A committee consisting of members from Palestinian leftist parties along with Islamic Jihad and Hamas have met in Gaza to doscuss the issue of national dialogue. The five party group has ...   More...

Calls for negotiations under PLC umbrella

On the second anniversary of the arrest of Aziz Dweik, speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), acting PLC speaker Ahmad Bahar (Hamas) called on Hamas and Fatah and the ...   More...

PLC member freed

Israel has released member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), Umar Abdul-Raziq, who served as Palestinian finance minister in the tenth Palestinian cabinet. Abdul-Raziq was detained in a campaign against ...   More...

British MPs meet Gaza parliamentarians

In a meeting with British Members of Parliament, acting speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Ahmad Bahar, (PLC) called on Europe to support the Palestinian people and work to end ...   More...

Hamas PLC member asks de facto cabinet to stop “illegal actions”

The Palestinian Human Rights organization Al-Haq has released a report on arbitrary detention and torture in Palestinian prisons. According to the report, there has been a dramatic increase in the ...   More...

PLC condemns attack

Interior Minister in the de facto Gaza government Sa'id Siyam has called for the issuing of new laws that will protect civilians from such incidents such as the bombing near ...   More...

PCHR condemns detention of Mona Mansour

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Condemns the Detention of PLC Member Mona Mansour from the pro-hamas Change and Reform Party. The PCHR views the detention as "a continuation of ...   More...

PLC-member detained

According to Reuters, Israeli forces has detained Mona Mansour, a Hamas member of the PLC along with 14 managers of a West Bank business venture that Israel accuses of having ...   More...

HR adviser calls for PLC members to resign

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Human Rights advisor, Kamal Sharafi, has called on Palestinian lawmakers to agree to hold legislative elections.  According to Maan News, Sharafi argues that two thirds of ...   More...

Abbas requests follow up on PLC member Aziz Dweik

President Mahmoud Abbas has asked chief of civilian affairs Hussein Ash-Sheikh to check on PLC speaker Aziz Dweik and his medical condition in the Israeli Megiddo prison. Medical staff had apparently ...   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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