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Democratic Formation Report 1999

Introduction
Political Background: The Palestinian Liberation Organization
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1. Institutions of the Palestinian National Authority
1.1   Executive Authority
1.1.1   The President
1.1.2   The Government
1.1.3   Security Institutions
1.1.4   Local Government
1.1.5   General Control Bureau
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1.2   Legislative Authority
1.2.1   The Palestinian Legislative Council
1.2.2   Legislation and Laws
1.2.3   Parliamentary Monitoring
1.2.4   Council Committees
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1.3     Judicial Authority
1.3.1   The Judicial Structure
1.3.2   The Attorney General
1.3.3   Lawyers
1.3.4   Problems of the Judiciary in Palestine  
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2.     Civil Society Organizations
2.1   Political Parties
2.1.1   The National opposition
2.1.2   Religious opposition
2.1.3   Parliamentary opposition
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2.2 Trade Unions and Professional Associations  
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2.3 Civil Society Organizations and NGOs  
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2.4 Human Rights Organizations
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2.5 Minorities
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2.6 Media
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3. Conclusion
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