Palestinian lawyers protest against Abbas governing by ‘decree’ | Palestinian Authority News


The Palestinian parliament has been inactive since 2007, leaving President Mahmoud Abbas to rule with out a functioning parliament.

A whole lot of Palestinian attorneys have held a uncommon road protest within the occupied West Financial institution in opposition to the Palestinian Authority’s “rule by decree”, condemning President Mahmoud Abbas for governing with out a parliament.

The Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) – created underneath the Oslo Accords with Israel – has been inactive since 2007, which means Abbas has led with out a functioning parliament for almost all of his tenure as president.

However a brand new management on the Palestinian Bar Affiliation has sought to strain the Palestinian Authority (PA).

The affiliation’s President Suheil Ashour instructed AFP information company on the protest within the metropolis of Ramallah on Monday that his physique would stand agency in opposition to laws delivered by presidential decree that curbed Palestinian “rights and freedoms”.

“Our demand is both to cease their implementation now or to cancel” a raft of restrictive legal guidelines, stated Ashour, who pushed for reforms when he was elected affiliation president earlier this yr.

The draft Palestinian structure permits for presidential decrees “if vital”, in circumstances the place the PLC can’t act, however attorneys on the protest stated Abbas has gone too far.

“These legal guidelines don’t solely have an effect on the Bar Affiliation, but in addition the Palestinian folks as an entire. I’m right here to inform President Abbas that these decrees destroy the judicial system, destroy the ruling authority, and will begin a civil battle,” Zainab al-Salfity, a lawyer, instructed Al Jazeera.

Riot police prevented the demonstrators, clad of their black robes, from coming into the constructing housing the workplace of Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh.

Lawyers protest against Abbas
Palestinian attorneys display close to the prime minister’s workplace in Ramallah [Abbas Momani/AFP]

Abbas was elected PA president in 2005, following the dying of iconic chief Yasser Arafat.

Hamas, bitter rivals of Abbas’s Fatah motion, swept to victory within the 2006 Palestinian legislative elections.

Fallout from that vote helped spark a cut up in Palestinian governance, with Fatah retaining management of the Israeli-occupied West Financial institution and Hamas operating Gaza since 2007.

In keeping with estimates by Palestinian authorized specialists, Abbas has issued some 400 presidential decrees whereas in workplace.

He formally dissolved the PLC in 2018, and strikes to carry new elections have confronted pushback.

“We’d like a legislative council, as a result of legal guidelines must undergo totally different readings earlier than they’re enforced. Now there are a number of folks making legal guidelines and that’s an issue,” Abed Shabaneh, a lawyer, instructed Al Jazeera.

Abbas had set dates for presidential and legislative elections to be held final yr throughout the Palestinian territories, with Hamas’s participation, however cancelled the polls citing Israel’s refusal to permit voting in occupied East Jerusalem.

Public demonstrations in opposition to Abbas and the PA have been on the rise within the West Financial institution, notably following the dying in Palestinian custody of activist and Abbas critic Nizar Banat final yr. The highest Palestinian prosecutor has accused 14 safety drive members of beating Banat to dying.

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