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Palestinian lawyers hold rare protest against Abbas’s ‘rule by decree’

Palestinian lawyers hold a rare street protest against what they describe as the Palestinian Authority's 'rule by decree,' condemning PA president Mahmoud Abbas for governing without a parliament in the West Bank city of Ramallah, July 25, 2022. (Flash90)
Palestinian lawyers hold a rare street protest against what they describe as the Palestinian Authority's 'rule by decree,' condemning PA president Mahmoud Abbas for governing without a parliament in the West Bank city of Ramallah, July 25, 2022. (Flash90)

Hundreds of Palestinian lawyers hold a rare street protest against what they describe as the Palestinian Authority’s “rule by decree,” condemning PA president Mahmoud Abbas for governing without a parliament.

The Palestinian Legislative Council — created under the Oslo Peace Accords with Israel — has been inactive since 2007, meaning Abbas has led without a functioning parliament for nearly all of his tenure as president.

But a new leadership at the Palestinian Bar Association has sought to pressure the PA.

The association’s president, Suheil Ashour, tells AFP at the protest that his body would stand firm against legislation delivered by presidential decree that curbs Palestinian “rights and freedoms.”

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