Workshop

Promoting a Palestinian Political Parties Law That Fosters Transparency and Accountability

Funded by Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (KAF), the Coalition for Accountability and Integrity (AMAN) in the Palestinian Territories started its workshops for discussing the draft of Palestinian political parties law.

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It was presented to the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) in 1997 but passed no readings since then.

AMAN and KAF through this project want to promote a new political parties law that fosters transparency and accountability. AMAN held three workshops recently in Gaza, Jerusalem and Ramallah for this purpose.

The workshops will continue to modify the proposed law and to draft a new democratic law instead. In its workshop in Ramallah, held on August 3, 2005, more than 30 politicians representing the entire Palestinian political parties’ spectrum discussed the old proposed law. The participants focused in their dialogue on the issue of whether the Palestinians are in need of a political parties law and which body from the Palestinian institutions should ratify this law.

The participants were dissent on the two issues. Some preferred not to have a political parties law until establishing the Palestinian independent state, others said the law is important, but the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) should ratify this law, and the rest were in favor to assign this mission to the PLC.

AMAN, the Palestinian chapter of Transparency International and KAF are planning to hold more workshops on this topic. At the end of these discussions a conference will take place to discuss the final draft of the law.

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Venue

Ramallah