Libyan Arab Socialist Union
|Brotherly Leader||Muammar Gaddafi|
|General Secretary||Bashir Hawady|
|Dissolved||March 3, 1977|
Many aspects of Muammar Gaddafi's Libyan socialist revolution were based on that of Gamal Abdel Nasser. Like Nasser, Gaddafi seized power with a Free Officers Movement, which, in 1971, became the Arab Socialist Union of Libya. 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.