Libyan Arab Socialist Union

This article is about the ASU in Libya. For sister parties in other Arab states, see Arab Socialist Union (disambiguation).
Libyan Arab Socialist Union
Arabic: الاتحاد الاشتراكي العربي الليبي
Brotherly Leader Muammar Gaddafi
General Secretary Bashir Hawady
Founded 1971 (1971)
Dissolved March 3, 1977 (1977-03-03)
Headquarters Tripoli, Libya
Ideology Arab nationalism
Arab socialism

The Arab Socialist Union of Libya (Arabic: الاتحاد الاشتراكي العربي الليبي, Al-Ittiḥād Al-Ištirākī Al-ʿArabī Al-Liby) was a political party in Libya.

Many aspects of Muammar Gaddafi's Libyan socialist revolution were based on that of Gamal Abdel Nasser. Like Nasser, Gaddafi seized power with a Free Officers Movement, which, in 1971, became the Arab Socialist Union of Libya.[1] Like its Egyptian counterpart, the Libyan ASU was the sole legal party, and was designed as a vehicle for integrated national expression rather than as a political party.

Bashir Hawady was the general secretary of the party.[2] In May 1972 the Libyan ASU and the Egyptian ASU agreed to merge their two parties into a single body.[3]


  2. Cairo Press Review, 1972. p. 11
  3. The Middle East: Abstracts and index, Vol. 23, Part 2. Library Information and Research Service., 1999. p. 248
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