Sunday, July 8, 2007
"Senior lawyers who wrote the interim Palestinian constitution have said Mahmoud Abbas, the president, exceeded his powers when he appointed the new emergency cabinet.
Abbas replaced the unity government, led by Hamas's Ismail Haniya, after the rival faction pushed security forces loyal to the president out of the Gaza Strip.
Anis al-Qasem and Eugene Cotran, who began drafting the Basic Law more than a decade ago, said it gave Abbas the power to dismiss Haniya but did not allow him to appoint a new government without parliamentary approval.
It is also does not permit him to suspend articles of the Basic Law, as he did last month to spare Salam Fayyad, the new prime minister, the need to win a vote in parliament, they told Reuters news agency......."