AFP appears to have invented a document out of thin air: The Palestinian Constitution:

Haniya lashed out at the United States for backing a move by Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, from the rival Fatah party, to call earlier elections in a bid to end a power struggle with Hamas.

Washington, which considers Hamas a terrorist organization, has supported the early election call even though the Palestinian constitution does not explicitely give Abbas the right to take the step.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke with Abbas about the issue on Sunday, McCormack said, without providing details of their conversation.

Haniya denounced the president’s move as “unconstitutional”.

The Palestinian Authority runs under a Basic Law that some may call a constitution and includes the equivalent of the word “constitution” in it, but it is not a true Constitution.

Odd… WikiPedia has references Israel’s Basic Law and the ongoing attempt to draft and ratify a formal Constitution, but magically assumes that the Constitution of the PA has not just been completed, but ratified.

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2 Responses to Constitution?

  1. Paul says:

    What? They have a “constitution” but not a state. Talk about putting the cart before the horse ! :)

  2. Michael Lonie says:

    They may have a constitution and they may have a stae but they will never really have law.

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