Osayd Awawda Lawyer and legal translator; Assistant Professor, College of Law and Political Science, Hebron University Hebron Palestine

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During the last year, the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, has issued more than seventy decrees-by-law, which are legislative tools that the Palestinian Basic Law allows the President to use only in cases of emergency. However, the President has never shown in any of those decrees-by-law that they were issued to face an emergency, which is an immense, imminent danger that may solely be stopped with a decree-by-law. This is a significant increase in the number of decrees-by-law that the President has issued between 2007, the year in which the coup d’état occurred in Palestine, and 2021, which amounts to thirty decrees-by-law per year. This increase might be the result of Abbas’s clique attempt to shape the legal framework of the Palestinian Authority for its own benefits, fearing that the old, ill, Palestinian President would pass away in the near future, leaving a huge vacuum behind, particularly with regards to who might be his successor, amongst all of the rivalling senior figures of the regime.

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