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Gaza rejects proposed Palestine constitutional court

Gaza rejects proposed Palestine constitutional court
Administrative court in Gaza rejects Palestinian president’s call for Supreme Constitutional Court

By Mohamed Majid

GAZA CITY, Palestine (AA) - The Gaza Strip's Administrative Court on Thursday overturned an earlier decision by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to establish a Palestinian Supreme Constitutional Court.

"We hereby overturn the decision to establish a constitutional court and annul all the decision’s ramifications," a statement issued by the administrative court read.

“Our decision is based on the fact that President Abbas’ four-year [presidential] term expired in 2009," it added. “In light of this fact, Abbas lacks the legal authority to issue such a decision."

The statement went on to assert: "With this ruling, any judgment that is issued -- or will be issued -- by the proposed constitutional court will not be legally binding.”

The Palestinian Authority, of which Abbas serves as chairman, has yet to respond to the Gaza court’s move.

Abbas caused a stir in April of last year when he abruptly announced a decision to establish a Palestinian constitutional court.

Hamas, for its part, opposed the decision, saying the court would be dominated by members of Abbas' Fatah movement -- with which Hamas has been at odds since 2007.

Hamas also criticized the Palestinian president for issuing "unilateral" decisions without consulting other Palestinian political factions.

In 2014, Gaza-based Hamas and the West Bank-based Fatah signed a reconciliation agreement that called for the formation of a Palestinian unity government that would oversee legislative and presidential polls.

Although the unity government was unveiled two months later, it has yet to take on a governing role in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, while relations between the rival movements remain beset by differences.

source: News Feed
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