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Backgrounder: Major political forces in Yemen (3)

(Xinhua)

10:02, February 21, 2012

It participated in the 1993 elections and won 56 seats, boycotted the 1997 elections, and resumed its participation in the 2003 elections and got seven seats.

The third main party within the JMP is the Nasserite Unionist People's Organization, founded in 1965.

With an Islamic ideology, the party dates back to 1952 when the Arab revolution against colonialism started in Egypt. The " Nasserite" in its name refers to Gamal Abdel Nasser, the former Egyptian president who founded the Arab Nasserite movement.

This party continued to expand and exist despite that political activities were banned before the north-south unity. It was the first party to be officially recognized as an opposition party in 1989.

It struggles to deepen democracy, build a new civil Yemen, achieve social justice and defend the Yemeni unity within the path of achieving an Arab unity. In the 1993 elections it won a single seat, and in the 1997 elections three seats.

Another major party in Yemen is the Arab Socialist Baath Party, which dates back to the 1950s. Its ideology is a combination of socialism and Arabism. In the 1993 elections it won seven seats, and in the 1997 elections two seats.

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