Nationalist Democratic Assembly

The Nationalist Democratic Assembly (Arabic: التجمع القومي الديمقراطي, Al-Tajamu'u Al-Qawmi Al-Dimuqratiyah) is a political party in Bahrain. It is the Bahraini regional branch of the Iraqi-led Ba'ath Party.[2] The party is led by Secretary General Hassan Ali and Deputy Secretary General Mahmoud Kassab.[3] It was established by Bahrainis who had studied in Ba'athist Iraq during the 1960s and 1970s. The party boycotted the 2002 parliamentary election but not the 2006 election.[4] The 2011 parliamentary by-election was boycotted by the party in solidarity with the Bahraini uprising.[5] It is headquartered in Zinj.[1]

Nationalist Democratic Assembly
التجمع القومي الديمقراطي
LeaderHassan Ali
Founded1991 (1991)
International affiliationIraqi-led Ba'ath Party
ColorsBlack, Red, White and Green
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Party flag
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The party opposes the government's naturalisation policies, and contends that it is unfair for ethnic Bahrainis to compete equally with foreign workers for jobs.[2] It remains pro-Saddam Hussein[1] and, according to its webpage, supports the Arab Spring.[6] It opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq, considering it an act of brutality against the Iraqi people.[7] The party actively supports the overthrow of the existing monarchy, with a peaceful transition to democracy.[8]

It is part of a four-party alliance opposing the government, which comprises two Shia Islamist parties (Al Wefaq and the Islamic Action Society) and the leftist National Democratic Action Society.


  1. ^ a b c "Attorney Calls for further investigation into the incident" ["النيابة" تطلب مواصلة التحري في حادث "الزنج"]. Al-Wasat (in Arabic). Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b Mahdi, Mazdi (2 May 2010). "Bahrainis take to the streets over job security". The National. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  3. ^ Staff writer (15 November 2007). التجمع القومي الديمقراطي [Nationalist Democratic Assembly] (in Arabic). Nationalist Democratic Assembly. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  4. ^ Staff writer (15 November 2007). جمعية التجمع القومي الديمقراطي [Nationalist Democratic Assembly]. Al-Wasat (in Arabic). Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  5. ^ Staff writer (16 August 2011). "التجمع القومي" خامس جمعية تعلن مقاطعتها للانتخابات التكميلية [National Rally fifth Association announces boycott of the elections complementary]. Al-Wasat (in Arabic). Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  6. ^ Staff writer (15 November 2007). أخبار [News] (in Arabic). Nationalist Democratic Assembly. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  7. ^ Staff writer (28 March 2003). بيان صادر عن التجمع القومي الديمقراطي في العراق [Statement issued by the Nationalist Democratic Assembly] (in Arabic). Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  8. ^ Staff writer. التجمع الديمقراطي: عدم رفع شعار إسقاط النظام سببه ظروف معينة [Democratic Rally: Do not drop the slogan of the system due to certain circumstances] (in Arabic). Retrieved 26 February 2012.