People's Party (Syria)

The People's Party (Arabic: حزب الشعبḤizb Al-Sha'ab; French: Parti du peuple) was a Syrian political party, that dominated Syrian politics during the 1950s and the early 1960s, for almost a decade. The party was founded in 1925 by Abd al-Rahman Shahbandar,[5] and alongside its rival, the National Party, was part of the National Bloc, a national coalition that played an important role in the Syrian struggle against the French mandate.[6]

People's Party

حزب الشعب
Founded1925 (1925)
Dissolved1963 (1963)
HeadquartersAleppo
Newspaperal-Sha'b
IdeologyLiberalism[1][2]
Pro-Western[3][4]
Political positionCentre-right
National affiliationNational Bloc (1928–47)

In recent years there have been discussions about reviving the party in some form, following the liberalization of requirements for membership in the National Progressive Front, but this has not materialized.[7]

LeadersEdit

Leader Tenure Position(s)
  Abd al-Rahman Shahbandar 1925–1940 Minister of Foreign Affairs
  Hashim al-Atassi 1940–1955 President of Syria
  Nazim al-Kudsi 1955–1963 President of Syria

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lawson 2013, pp. 61-63.
  2. ^ Schumann 2010, pp. 54-62.
  3. ^ Moubayed 2006, p. 200.
  4. ^ Maddy-Weitzman 1993, p. 151.
  5. ^ Scott & Hughes 2013, p. 58.
  6. ^ Commins 2004, pp. 214-215.
  7. ^ Sami, Moubayed (26 April 2005). "Syria's Ba'athists loosen the reins". Asia Times Online. Hong Kong. Retrieved 5 April 2010.

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