Democratic Arab Socialist Union

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Democratic Arab Socialist Union
الاتحاد الاشتراكي العربي الديمقراطي
Secretary-GeneralHassan Abdul Azim[1]
Assistant Secretary GeneralMohammad Abdul Majeed Manjuneh[1]
FounderJamal al-Atassi
Founded1980 (1980)
Split fromArab Socialist Union Party of Syria
HeadquartersParis, France
Democratic socialism
Political positionCentre-left to Left-wing
National affiliationNational Democratic Rally
National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change

The Democratic Arab Socialist Union (Arabic: الاتحاد الاشتراكي العربي الديمقراطي‎, Al-ittiḥād al-ishtirākī al-'arabī al-dīmūqrāṭī; 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, with Hassan 'Abd al-Azim as its general secretary.[2]

Is part of the National Democratic Rally coalition (Arabic: التجمع الوطني الديمقراطي‎, Al-tajammuʻ al-waṭanī al-dīmūqrāṭī).

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 Ba'ath 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]


  1. ^ a b "The Democratic Arab Socialist Union". Carnegie Middle East Center. Retrieved 2012-09-23.
  2. ^ الأمين العام للإتحاد الإشتراكي الديمقراطي العربي حسن عبد العظيم)
  3. ^ AlGhad: السلطات السورية توقف المعارض حسن اسماعيل عبد العظيم (in Arabic)