Libyan Arab Socialist Union

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Arab Socialist Union

Arabic: الاتحاد الاشتراكي العربي الليبي
Italian: Unione Socialista Araba Libica
Brotherly LeaderMuammar Gaddafi
General SecretaryBashir Hawady
Founded11 June 1971 (1971-06-11)[1]
Dissolved3 March 1977 (1977-03-03)
HeadquartersTripoli, Libya
IdeologyArab nationalism
Arab socialism
Left-wing nationalism
Political positionLeft-wing

The Arab Socialist Union of Libya (ASU; Arabic: الاتحاد الاشتراكي العربي الليبي‎, Al-Ittiḥād Al-Ištirākī Al-ʿArabī Al-Liby; Italian: Unione Socialista Araba Libica) was a political party in Libya from 1971 to 1977 led by Muammar Gaddafi.

Many aspects of Muammar Gaddafi's Libyan socialist revolution were based on that of Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. Like Nasser, Gaddafi seized power with a Free Officers Movement, which in 1971 became the Arab Socialist Union of Libya.[2] Like its Egyptian counterpart, the Libyan ASU was the sole legal party and was designed as a vehicle for integrated national expression rather than as a political party.

Bashir Hawady was the general secretary of the party.[3] In May 1972, the Libyan ASU and the Egyptian ASU agreed to merge their two parties into a single body.[4]


  1. ^ Political Culture in Libya. Routledge. 5 September 2013. p. 46. ISBN 9781136115868.
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  3. ^ Cairo Press Review, 1972. p. 11
  4. ^ The Middle East: Abstracts and index, Vol. 23, Part 2. Library Information and Research Service., 1999. p. 248