United People's Party (Poland)

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United People's Party
Zjednoczone Stronnictwo Ludowe
First leader Józef Niećko
Last leader Dominik Ludwiczak
Founded 27 November 1949
Dissolved 27–29 November 1989
Headquarters Grzybowska 4,
00-131 Warsaw
Membership  (1989) 300 000
Ideology Agrarianism
Colors Green
Politics of Poland
Political parties
Elections


The United People's Party (Polish: Zjednoczone Stronnictwo Ludowe, ZSL) was an agrarian political party in the People's Republic of Poland. It was formed on 27 November 1949 from the merger of the communist Stronnictwo Ludowe party with remnants of the independent People's Party of Stanisław Mikołajczyk (which changed its name to Polish People's Party).

ZSL became – as intended from its very beginning – a satellite party of the Polish United Workers' Party (PZPR), representing the PZPR in the rural areas. After 1982 it was a member of the Patriotic Movement for National Rebirth.

In 1989 after victory of the Solidarity trade union in the Polish legislative elections, 1989 together with the PZPR's other satellite party, the Democratic Party, ZSL decided to support Solidarity. At a ZSL congress (27–29 November 1989) ZSL transformed into Polskie Stronnictwo Ludowe - Odrodzenie. PSL-Odrodzenie merged with Polish People's Party "Wilanowskie", forming today's Polish People's Party.

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