• National Party Organlzations

    National Party Organlzations 

Prepared by:

Ali Yusef Alnabouti

The SPO is one of the oldest political parties in Austria. It was founded in 1888 as the Social Democratic Party of Austria. Its basic principles were declared in its Congress, convened 30.12.1888 -1.01.1989.

During the period between the two World Wars, the party followed an Austrian Marxist line, and during the twentieths of last century it achieved important successes. But its partisans were oppressed during the Austrian Fascist dictatorship rule in 1934-1938 and the party was banned after Austria was annexed to Germany between 1938-1945.

In 1945 Austria was liberated and the Party was revived under the name of the  Socialist Party of Austria and became a major force in the country.

In 1947 the left wing left the Party and formed the Socialist Workers Party of Austria and joined the Austrian Communist Party in 1956.

The name of the party was changed in 1991 by an extraordinary   congress and became The Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPO).

The Relation between the Baath and the SPO

The BASP has good relations with the Social Democratic Party of Austria. There are reciprocated visits which demonstrate the depth of such relations.

The leader of the party, Bruno Kreiskky, visited Syria in 1974,  leading a delegation from the Socialist International, and a delegation from the BASP visited Austria for participation in the deliberations of the Party 23 Congress in 1976.

In 1994, a delegation from the SPO visited Syria and met with Comrade Abdullah Alahmar, the assistant Gen. Secretary of the BASP and a Cooperation Agreement between both parties was signed for the years 1994-1995.

 Another delegation from the SPO, led by Mr. Albrekht Konitchi, visited Syria and met with Comrade Abdullah Alahmar, the Assistant Gen. Secretary of the BASP and a Cooperation Agreement for the years 2002-2003 was signed.

During the period from 15 to 20 September 2004, a delegation from the BASP, led by Dr. Gheyath Barakat, Member of the BASP Regional Leadership visited Austria to study the SPO organizational experiment.

 

 

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