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Meanwhile among the Palestinians, Hamas is a bit peeved
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, February 14, 2006

While the press here in the US goes into a frothing fit over "Fuddgate", the outgoing Palestinian Legislation Council (PLC) has attempted to hamstring the incoming Hamas legislature by passing a raft of last minute laws. Hamas is not amused:
In a move that Hamas officials called "immoral", the outgoing Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) members passed a series of last-minute laws that strengthen the powers of the chairman and makes it possible to revoke laws and even dissolve the new PLC, which will convene for the first time on Saturday.

"We are calling this a white coup d'etat," Dr. Mahmoud Ramahi, a newly-elected Hamas PLC member from Ramallah, told The Jerusalem Post. "In Algeria they did a black coup d'etat when they used the military to overturn the results of the elections. In this law they gave Mahmoud Abbas the ability to dissolve the parliament through the judges he appoints."


Hamas won 74 out of 132 seats in the recent PLC elections. Ramahi said he received on Sunday his certificate confirming that he is now officially a PLC member. However, during the last PLC session, the members, most of whom are from the defeated Fatah party, passed one law creating a constitutional court and another law giving the Palestinian chairman the right to appoint its nine judges without the approval of the PLC.
Ah, democracy ... ain't it grand?!
The result is that, if the Hamas-dominated PLC passes a law unacceptable to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, the issue will be brought to a constitutional court to decide.

Hamas PLC members fear that the court will automatically rule in favor of the chairman. "Today's law means [Abbas] can appoint nine Fatah judges and, in the first disagreement between us [Hamas] and Mahmoud Abbas, they can decide not to pass the law and instead to dissolve the parliament," said Ramahi, a doctor of anesthesiologist, who graduated from the University of Rome.
This is a move reminiscient of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela who packed the Supreme Court there with his toadies. Obviously Abbas was taking notes.

This again illustrates that democracy is a process, not an end state, and just because there's a vote doesn't mean that freedom and liberty are served.
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Democracy is always evolving. How could it not, unless you left the same people in office, then it wouldn’t be a democracy. Great post, I agree with you.
Written By: republic
This is a move reminiscient of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela who packed the Supreme Court there with his toadies. Obviously Abbas was taking notes
The better analogy is FDR’s effort to increase the number of justices on the supreme court.

Hamas is a complex entity. It does charitable works, yet it calls for the destruction of the overseer of West Bank - i.e., Israel. Beware Hamas. It has a well deserved reputation for being scandal and corruption free. And that quality is potent. It is something that the idiots who make up the Bush administration simply can’t get. They are literally incapable. A sophomore at NYU minoring in Arabic culture understands more about the Middle East than the decision makers in the Bush administration. As Ann Coulter said at a recent convention of prominent wingers, Arabs are just a bunch of "ragheads." She received a standing ovation. This is the prevailing view in the Bush administration.

It is a tragedy that the Bush administration is charged with the task of leading us thru these complex times.
Written By: mkultra
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It is a tragedy that the Bush administration is charged with the task of leading us thru these complex times.
As opposed to Gore or Kerry?

Written By: McQ
Yes, Yes MK the CP USA was a complex entity too, made up of hard-core Stalinists and those who simply wanted Social Justice, and YET at the end of the day, it’s over-riding goal was the institution of a Marxist-Leninist One-Party State in the US. And all the other stuff, no matter how true, was merely a means to that end.

Hamas is NOT complex, it is a terrorist organization devoted to an islamist State in the place of Palestine AND Israel. All the rest is merely a means to that end...

If ONLY progressives in the US could see that rather than all the "nuances" of their position.
Written By: Joe
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And this is a good news story, as opposed to the gun fights that occurred after the elections. This is political parties "sticking the shiv in" as they ought, via law and rules. It is akin, it seems to me, to Clinton passing a raft of Reg’s and EO’s in his last days, knowing that Dubya would undo them, and pay a political cost for doing so.
Written By: Joe
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Voting is a result, not a cause, of representative government.
Written By: Jeff Medcalf
This seems to me to be the initial establishment of a check/balance on parliament’s power. It serves to emasculate Hamas in this case, but if the law survives, it will work to maintain balance. That should promote moderation, and maybe a PA that will stop violence and make peace with Israel.
Written By: Nathan
Glad to see McQ interested in the success of the democratically-elected Hamas government of Palestine!
Written By: villie
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"Fuddgate"? ROFLMAO!

Did you come up with that?
Written By: EdMcGon
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