Council President

Mr. Saleem  Al – Zanoon Speaker  of   the  Palestine  National  Council  - Palestine


Role  of  Council  Speaker  according  to the  standing  orders  of the  Council :

The  Speaker  is  the  spokesperson  of   the  Council  .The  main  function  of  the  Speaker  is  to  ensure  that  the  statutes  and  standing  rules  of  the  Council  are  complied  with  .The  Speaker  shall  open,  suspend , and  close  the  sittings ,  direct  the work  of  the  sittings  , call  upon  speakers  , put questions  to  debate  . The  speaker  shall  call   a   speaker  to order  when  latter  does  not  keep  to  the  subject  under  discussion  . He  shall  clarify  or ask  for  an  explanation  of  any  ambiguous  question , direct  questions  and  declare  the  decisions  adopted  by  the  Council , supervise  Secretary`s work , direct  all  works  of  the  Council  in  general  , and take  all  appropriate  measures  to  ensure  the effective  organization  and  normal  functioning  of  the  Council  , in conformity  with  the  Statutes , and  rules  of  the  Council .



Mr .Za`noon  was  born  in  Gaza  in  1933  studied  at  Imam  Shafiee  school  where  he  showed  a gift at  writing  revolutionary  poetry  and  a  talent  at  public  speaking  where  he  became  head  of  the  school  oratory  committee .

He studied  Law  in  Cairo University  in 1955 , and obtained  a  postgraduate  Diploma  in  1957 , he  also  obtained  another   Diploma  in  Political   Economy  in 1958  . He  taught  “Criminal  Investigation  “ at  the  Police  College  in  Kuwait  until  1975.


Political   Career

Mr.Z`anoon devotedhimself to political events. During  his  university  study  he  held  the  position  of  the  Palestinian  Students  Association   Secretary  General   between  1954- 1955  which  was  headed  by martyr  Yasser  Arafat  .MrZ`anoon held the position of Attorney – General  by  proxy  in Gaza strip.He  had  a  leading  role  in  organizing  the  Popular  Resistance  Front  to  oppose  Israeli  Occupation  of  Gaza  in  1956 – 1957,  then  took  over  as  senior  Fatah  representative  in  the  Gulf,   then  appointed  PNC  deputy  speaker  in  the  1969  . He  has  been  a  member  of  Fatah  Central  Committee  since  1980 s. He  was  elected  by  general  assent  to  the  presidency  of  the  PNC  in  1996 , at  its  21st  Session  held  in  Gaza  , till  now.Since  2011 he  has  been the Chairman  of Palestinian Constitution  Committee  and  Chairman  of  the Committee on  preparing  PNC  Election  system  .

Mr .Z`anoon  was  conferred  the  highest   distinction   of  the  State  of    Palestine  “Star  Decoration “  of    First  class  in  recognition  for  his  role  and  efforts  in the  Palestinian  national  struggle   march  since  1965  and  as  one   of  the  first  generation  and  one   of  the  founders   of  Fatah  party  and   a  member  of  its  central  committee .  Honoring  him,  a  Law  department  of  the  Independence  University   was  named  after  him .



MrZ`anoon  has   numerous   publications  ,  ranging  from  collection  of  poems ,  poetical  work  to  some  legal  and  political  studies . A  book  on  " Criminal  Investigation "  and  his  last  publication  was " Biography  and  March" of  the  Palestinian  revolution   issued  in  2013 .

The PNC represents the supreme authority of the Palestinian people in all their places of residence. It sets PLO policies and plans to achieve the goals of the Palestinian people for self-determination, the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital and the return of refugees to their homes.After Al-Nakba (catastrophe) of 1948, the Arab Higher Committee for Palestine, headed by Haj Amin Al-Husseini, decided to call for the convening of a Palestine National Council which met in Gaza in 1October 1948, which was the first Palestinian legislative authority to be established in the Arab state of Palestine. The Council then formed an all-Palestine government headed by Hilmi Abdel Baqi, who represented Palestine in the league of Arab States.The first national conference was held inJerusalem on 28May -2June 1964. This first National Council had 422 members, declared the establishment of the PlO, which represents the leadership of the Palestinian Arab people. The most important of which is the Palestinian National Charter, the Statutes of the Organization and others, and Mr. Ahmad Al-Shukairy was elected Chairman of the PlO.

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