Democratic Arab Socialist Union

Democratic Arab Socialist Union
Secretary-General Hassan Abdul Azim[1]
Assistant Secretary General Mohammad Abdul Majeed Manjuneh[1]
Founder Jamal al-Atassi
Founded 1980 (1980)
Split from Arab Socialist Union Party of Syria
Headquarters Paris, France
Ideology Nasserism,
Democratic socialism
Political position Centre-left
National affiliation National Democratic Rally
National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change

The Democratic Arab Socialist Union (Arabic: الاتحاد الاشتراكي العربي الديمقراطي Al-Ittihad Al-Ishtiraki Al-'Arabi Al-Dimuqratiy; French: Union arabe socialiste démocratique) is a Nasserist democratic socialist Syrian political party based in Paris, France. It was founded in a split of the Arab Socialist Union Party of Syria and Hassan Abdul Azim (Arabic حسن اسماعيل عبد العظيم) is its general secretary.[2]

Is part of the National Democratic Rally coalition (Arabic التجمع الوطني الديمقراطي, at-tajammuʻ al-waţanī ad-dīmūqrāţī).

After Hafez al-Assad took power in 1970, the ASU entered into negotiations about a coalition government, and agreed to join the National Progressive Front (NPF) in 1972. The year after, however, the party split over the adoption of a Syrian constitution in which the Baath was proclaimed the "leading party" of the country. One minor faction under Fawzi Kiyali accepted the constitution, and retained both the ASU name and the NPF membership, while most members followed party leader Jamal al-Atassi into opposition, by renaming themselves the Democratic Arab Socialist Union.

Hassan Ismail Abdelazim was arrested by the Syrian authorities in May 2011 as a crackdown on opposition forces in Syria.[3]


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