Palestinian Legislative Council
|Palestinian Legislative Council
المجلس التشريعي الفلسطيني
Al-Majlis al-Tashrī`iyy al-Filasṭīniyy
|2nd Legislative Council|
|Speaker||Aziz Duwaik, Hamas
|Leader of the Opposition||Azzam al-Ahmad, Fatah
|Political groups||Hamas (74)
Palestinian People's Party (1)
Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (1)
Independent Palestine (2)
Third Way (2)
|Voting system||Parallel Additional Member System|
|Last election||25 January 2006|
|PLC Building, Ramallah|
|http://www.plc.gov.ps/ (Gaza Strip government)
http://www.pal-plc.org/ (West Bank government)
|1 On account of the current crisis, the operations of the Council have become confused. Duwaik was clearly Speaker until 2009, at which point he claimed the Presidency by virtue of the expiry of Mahmoud Abbas' term and the absence of new elections for President.|
The Palestinian Legislative Council, (sometimes referred to as the Palestinian Parliament) the legislature of the Palestinian Authority, is a unicameral body with 132 members, elected from 16 electoral districts in the West Bank and Gaza. The headquarters of the Palestinian Legislative Council is in Rimal, Gaza.
The Palestinian Legislative Council passed a new law in June 2005 increasing the number of members from 88 to 132, stipulating that half be elected under a system of proportional representation and half by plurality-at-large voting in traditional constituencies. New parliamentary polls took place on January 25, 2006.
The Palestinian legislative council has been unable to meet and govern since 2007 due to the Israeli imprisonment of some members, the Fatah–Hamas conflict and the indefinite postponing of elections by the Fatah leadership.
The emblem used for the Palestinian Legislative Council is referred to as the "Eagle of Saladin."
The building was a target of an Israeli air strike on 20 November 2012.
Summary of 2006 election results
|Alliances and parties||Votes (Proportional)||% (Proportional)||Seats (Proportional/District seats)|
|Change and Reform
|Fatah, harakat al-tahrīr al-filastīnī (Liberation Movement of Palestine)||410,554||41.43||45 (28/17)|
|Martyr Abu Ali Mustafa (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) (al-jabhah al-sha`biyyah li-tahrīr filastīn)||42,101||4.25||3 (3/0)|
|The Alternative (al-Badeel)||28,973||2.92||2 (2/0)|
|Third Way||23,862||2.41||2 (2/0)|
|Freedom and Social Justice
|Freedom and Independence||4,398||0.44||0 (0/0)|
|Martyr Abu Abbas||3,011||0.30||0 (0/0)|
|National Coalition for Justice and Democracy (Wa'ad)||1,806||0.18||0 (0/0)|
|Palestinian Justice||1,723||0.17||0 (0/0)|
|Total (turnout: 74.6%)||990,873||100.0%||132 (66/66)|
|Source: Central Election Commission, Preliminary results,Final tally amendments, 2006-01-29, Final results|
Ahmed Qurei, former Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, was Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority from October 7, 2003 to January 26, 2006, when he resigned after Hamas' victory in the 2006 legislative election.
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The European Union supplied election observers to assess the whole election process, including the legal framework, the political environment and campaign, electoral preparations, voting and counting as well as the post-election period. To ensure that meaningful and credible elections providing democratic legitimacy to the Palestinian institutions on the road to statehood.
- The American Chronicle, The largest and most influential Palestinian political party, Fatah, electing new leadership http://www.carnegieendowment.org/publications/index.cfm?fa=view&id=41111
- European Parliament press release, election observers
- Palestinian Legislative Council (Gaza Strip)
- Palestinian Legislative Council (West Bank)
- The Palestinian Basic Law - A collection of various proposals and amendments to the Basic Law of Palestine
- MiddleEastReference.org: members elected in 2006