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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Abbas demands voting right for supports at Fatah conference

Sharp differences and disagreements among Fatah's competing camps continue to impede the convening of Fatah's sixth general conference, Saleh Al-Naami comments in Al Ahram Weekly. The preparatory committee has been ...   More...

-New gvt will also rule Gaza

Faisal Abu Shala, Fatah-affiliated member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), states that the new government to be formed by President Mahmoud Abbas, will be responsible for both the West ...   More...

AMAN proposes new rules to manage the Palestine Investment Fund

The Coalition for Accountability and Integrity (AMAN) has proposed new rules to govern the fund that manages Palestinian public investments, Palestine Investment Fund (PIF). After Hamas' electoral victory in 2006, President Mahmoud ...   More...

Further expansion for Abbas’ forces

Pending U.S. Congress approval of funding requested by president Barack Obama, the United States plans to expand a programme to bolster Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's security forces in the occupied ...   More...

Mobile deal to strengthen Abbas

U.S. aid in the form of loan guarantees meant for Palestinian farmers and other small to mid-sized businesses has been given to a mobile phone firm backed by President Mahmoud ...   More...

PFLP on president’s legitimacy and other issues

On being asked by Maan News about the legitimacy of President Mahmoud Abbas, whose term ended  on 9 January, PFLP states that the only Palestinian legitimacy that matters now is ...   More...

Dispute over presidential term deferred

Due to the Israeli onslught on Gaza, the dispute over President Mahmoud Abbas' presidential term, which is set to expire Friday 9 January, the legitimacy challenge to Abbas' presidency has ...   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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