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.
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 .