Baath Party


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Baath Party

A political party in the Middle East advocating secular, socialist policies intended to free Arab-majority countries from Western influence. It was established in 1940 in Syria. Its Syrian and Iraqi branches split in 1955 and became antagonistic toward each other. It became the ruling party of Syria in 1963 and was in charge of Iraq from 1968 until 2003.
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Also, the Arabic-language Sadr al-Khalij news website quoted high-ranking political sources as saying that Amed Abdolmajid al-Sa'adoun, a senior Baath party leader, has participated in a forum held by a party named National Honor gathering in Baghdad, headed by Vasah al-Sadid, one of the tribal leaders residing in Amman.
The Baath Party gave secular Arab nationalism a bad name, but secular politics is needed in Iraq.
BEIRUT: Syria's Baath Party marked the 68th anniversary of its founding Monday, pledging to maintain a commitment to individual freedoms while defeating the "international conspiracy" against Syria.
The 48-year-old held the post of secretary general of the Daraa branch of the Baath party from 2000-2004.
Badawi, a mother of six, was a member of the Baath Party, which took power in 1963 military coup that destroyed the country's democratic institutions in favour of a Soviet style political system dominated by Assad's minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam, the paper said.
Badawi, a mother of six, was also a member of the Baath Party, which took power in a 1963 military coup that destroyed the country's democratic institutions in favor of a Soviet-style political system dominated by Assad's minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.
Supporters of the president also chanted "Death to Israel!" amid a sea of giant Baath party flags.
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: The dissolved Baath party on Friday threatened to target the coming Arab summit if it is held in Baghdad.
Iraq has arrested at least 240 former members of Saddam Hussein's banned Baath Party and ex-military officers over what some senior officials described as a plot to seize power after U.S.
Since April, the embattled president has tried to quell the growing protests, first ending a state of emergency in force since 1963, and more recently authorising political parties alongside the Baath party. On Thursday, he told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that his security forces had ended operations in towns hit by a popular uprising which Damascus claims is being fomented by "armed terrorist gangs." "This (action by the US and EU) is the proof that Syria is targeted yet again," Haddad said."It's only this morning that the president told Ban Ki-moon of the army decision to end the military operations...
Dubai Syria's government, under massive pressure to reform or quit, has adopted a draft law allowing for new political parties to operate alongside the ruling Baath party.
March 8 camp clearly stood by Bashar Assad's regime from the get go and accused all protests of being terrorist attacks fabricated by the West to bring down Baath Party. 'Any regime that stands by the Palestinian cause in facing the American project, certainly concerns us,' explained Fneish, 'especially if that regime was open to its people's demands, responsive to the call for reform, and does not ask for foreign aid to suppress its people.' Fneish concluded by wishing Syria the best and Baath party success.