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Jordanian Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party

Jordanian Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party
حزب البعث العربي الاشتراكي الأردني
Leader Akram al-Homsi
Founded 1951 (1951)
current form:
1966, but legally registered in 1993
Headquarters Amman, Jordan
Ideology Neo-Ba'athism
Arab nationalism
Saddamism
International affiliation Ba'ath Party (Iraqi-dominated faction)
Colors Black, Red, White and Green (Pan-Arab colors)
House of Representatives
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House of Senate
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Party flag
Flag of the Ba'ath Party.svg

The Jordanian Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party (JASBP), previously known as the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party – Jordan Region (Arabic: حزب البعث العربي الاشتراكي الأردني Hizb Al-Baath Al-Arabi Al-Ishtiraki Al-Urduni)' is a political party in Jordan. It is the Jordanian regional branch of the Iraqi-led Ba'ath Party.

Following the establishment of the Ba'ath Party in Syria in 1947, ba'athist ideas spread throughout the Arab world. In Jordan ba'athist thought first spread to the East Bank in the late-1940s, most notably at universities. While the regional branch was not formed before 1951, several meetings took place at the universities where students and professors alike would discuss the ideology of the newly established Ba'ath Party. Several people expressed their support for ba'athist ideology at these meetings, but the regional branch itself was not formed until 1951 in Karak by a group of teachers. A clinic owned by Abd al-Rahman Shuqyar became a meeting place for ba'athists in the organisation's early days. In the West Bank the party was most active in the cities of Jerusalem and Ramallah. Bahjat Abu Gharbiyah was the West Bank ba'ath member, and, because of it, was responsible for building up the party organisation in this area.

The party's first regional conference was held in 1951 at Abdullah Rimawi's home. At this meeting the party's first ideological programme was laid out, and a plan which mapped out the "future course of the party". The following year, in 1952, another meeting was held, this time in Abdullah Na'was' home. At this conference a Regional Command was elected with Rimawi as its General Secretary, while Shugyar, Gharbiyah and Na'was were elected to the Central Committee. Rimawi and Na'was would prove to be effective leaders, and their recruitment campaign proved successful in both Jordanian and Palestinian neighbourhoods and cities. The regional branch became a legalised party on 28 August 1956 by a decision of the Jordanian High Court.


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