People's Will Party
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In 2000, shortly after the convention of the 9th Congress of the Syrian Communist Party, 80% of the membership of Damascus organization of the Party were expelled. As this illegitimate procedure was widened to cover more party organizations all over Syria, the affected comrades and party organizations formed the National Committee for the Unity of the Syrian Communists, which re-published the Kassioun newspaper. Unlike the two other communist factions, the new communist current was not part of the National Progressive Front which brought together the ruling Ba'ath Party and other "legal" parties.
It took the communist group until 2012 to form and declare an officially registered party known as the People's Will Party, that convened its 10th Periodical, 1st after registration, Congress in June 2013. The party ran independent candidates in the parliamentary elections in 2003 and 2007 but failed to win any seats. Nonetheless, in the parliamentary elections of 2012, the Popular Front for Change and Liberation, a coalition formed by the PWP, took 5 seats. The Party joined the demonstrations at the start of the 2011 Syrian Crisis, and a number of its activists in Damascus, Homs and Deir ez-Zur lost their lives at the hands of the governmental police and other services, while others were detained or arrested in other Syrian governorates. As the Syrian popular movement turned armed and violent, the PWP continued with its humanitarian aids and mediation efforts in some conflict zones. The PWP seeks a comprehensive, radical and democratic change of the regime as a whole, not only the removal of the President. Economically, the party calls for a reversal of the liberalization “reforms“ that started in 2005 and laid the foundation for the social and political unrest in Syria, and calls for the creation of a strong national economy.
Dr. Kadri Jamil, one of PWP Council Secretaries, was a member of the committee that drafted amendments to the Constitution of Syria in response to the 2011 Syrian protests. The amendments were approved in the Syrian constitutional referendum in 2012 and allowed multiparty elections in Syria.
In organization, the People's Will Party follows democratic centralism. Nonetheless, it has no assignment for a Secretary General; instead, a collective leadership of the members of the Central Council that are elected in the General Conference rules the party. The Central Council elects its members of the Presidium and members of the Secretariat to undertake daily tasks.
- kassioun. "About PWP - حزب الإرادة الشعبية". www.kassioun.org. Retrieved 2016-06-04.
- Website of the People's Will Party's newspaper Kassioun (Arabic and English)