Arab Socialist Union Party of Syria

Published 3rd April, 2012

The Arab Socialist Union Party of Syria or ASU was founded in 1973 as a splinter group from the original ASU. They believe in Arab Socialism and Nasserism.

In 1972 the earlier ASU agreed to join the new National Progressive Front formed by the then president Hafez al-Assad, this commitment was retained by the faction which emerged in 1973 and the party has been a member of the National Progressive Front ever since.

In 1977 the party took 10 seats, this dropped to nine seats in 1981 and 1986. In 1994, 1998 and 2003 they took seven seats and in 2007 they negotiated eight seats with the Ba’ath party.

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