Socialist Democratic Unionist Party

The Socialist Democratic Unionist Party (PUDS) (Parti unioniste démocratique et socialiste) is an Arab nationalist political party in Mauritania. As of 2013, the party is led by Mahfouz Weld al-Aziz.[1]

Socialist Democratic Unionist Party

Parti unioniste démocratique et socialiste
Secretary-GeneralMahfouz Weld al-Azizi
Founded20 September 1994
Arab nationalism
National affiliationNational Front of Mauritania
International affiliationSyria-based Ba'ath Party
ColorsBlack, Red, Green
SloganUnity, Democracy, Socialism
Seats in the National Assembly:
1 / 146
Seats in the Senate:
0 / 56


The party was founded on 20 September 1994 by a mixture of Arab nationalists and members of a secret Ba'ath party association in Mauritania. The party name was inspired by the slogan of the Ba'ath party: "Unity, Liberty, Socialism," because Mauritanian electoral law prevents a party's from sharing the name of non-Mauritanian parties. The partys first conference, held in Noukachott on 11 July 2010, was attended by Abdullah al-Ahmar, the Assistant Secretary General of the National Command of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party.[2]

The party won 1 seat in the 19 November and 3 December 2006 elections.


The party has strongly supported the Syrian government throughout the Syrian Civil War,[3] and is a member of the National Front of Mauritania; an association of other Mauritanian parties supportive of the Syrian government. The other parties in the Front include the Socialist Party, the Popular Front movement, the Welfare Party, the Social Democratic Party, and the Reform Party.[4]

The party slogan is "Unity, Democracy, Socialism."[5]