Palestinian Legislative Council

Palestinian Legislative Council

The Palestinian Legislative Council, (sometimes referred to as the Palestinian Parliament) the legislature of the Palestinian Authority, is a unicameral body with 132 members, elected from 16 electoral districts in the West Bank and Gaza. The headquarters of the Palestinian Legislative Council is in Rimal, Gaza.

The Palestinian Legislative Council passed a new law in June 2005 increasing the number of members from 88 to 132, stipulating that half be elected under a system of proportional representation and half by plurality-at-large voting in traditional constituencies. New parliamentary polls took place on January 25, 2006.

The Palestinian legislative council has been unable to meet and govern since 2007 due to the Israeli imprisonment of some members, the Fatah–Hamas conflict and the indefinite postponing of elections by the Fatah leadership.

The emblem used for the Palestinian Legislative Council is referred to as the "Eagle of Saladin."

The building was a target of an Israeli air strike on November 20th, 2012.

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