Liberal Party (Gassasinia)

Social Liberal and Progressive Party
LeaderAhmed al-Rashid
Founded5th of February, 1951
Headquarters52 Haroun Street, Jabiyah
NewspaperThe Marigic Times
Think tankLiberal Economic Forum
Youth wingYoung Liberals
Women's wingLiberal Feminist Convention
LGBT WingLGBTQ+ Liberals
Ideology • National Liberalism
 • Anti-Communism
 • Civic Nationalism
 • Secularism
 • Multiculturalism
Factions
 • Social Liberalism
 • Neoliberalism
 • Keynesianism
 • Liberal Conservatism
Colours     Orange
Slogan"For a Brighter Future"
Political positionCentre to Centre right
House of Representatives
80 / 150
Website
https://LiberalParty.ga

The Liberal Party, officially known as the Social Liberal and Progressive Party, is a centrist to centre-right political party in Gassasinia which has held power for much of Gassasinia's history since 1979. As of today, the Gassasinian Liberal Party is currently the largest party in government, ruling in a coalition with the Unionist Labour Party with 55 Members of Parliament in the House of Representatives.

The Liberal Party was formed in 1951 as a small splinter group of the now defunct Christian Democratic Party's left-wing by 12 Members of Parliament, who felt that the Christian Democratic Party's conservative and Christian-centric ideology was elitist and unsustainable, and that they would eventually tear Gassasinia apart between religious and economic lines.

The Liberal Party's policies are based on liberal ideas, believing in a strong free social market economy where the government intervenes to provide a welfare state to keep people out of destitution, along with combating anti-competitive practises to ensure a fair and competitive strong free market economy. Additionally, the Liberal Party holds strong social progressive ideals, having a progressive stance on social issues such as women's rights, LGBT+ rights and abortion.

The Liberal Party supports a civic nationalist stance by which Gassasinia is a unique sovereign nation made up of many different ethnicities and religions. Furthermore, the Liberal Party supports a pro-globalisation economic stance which supports greater participation in global trade while promoting a more careful and modest approach to international geopolitics and grand international alliances.

The Liberal Party is often considered by some as a dominant party by it's critics, who claim that the Liberal Party uses unfair tactics which give them an unfair ability to skew the democratic process. Amongst these tactics include media manipulation, social media bots, marginalisation of opposition parties, entrenchment of the party's ideology into the educational system, and even frivolous lawsuits, amongst others. However, observers have often noted that despite these accusations, Gassasinia is significantly lacking in many of the directly repressive qualities often found amongst authoritarian dominant-party states.

The Liberal Party is predominantly supported by those from the middle class, and older generations. The Liberal Party has been accused of exacerbating classist sentiments amongst Gassasinians by presenting working class Gassasinians as racist, uneducated and backwards.

History

Founding (1951)

First General Election and Civil Unrest (1953-1975)

Modern day (1975 Onwards)

Voter Base

Election History

Bold name denotes prime ministership

Year Leader Seats Government
1953 Rita Ayanampudi
12 / 150
Opposition
1957 Rita Ayanampudi
15 / 150
Opposition
1961 Mounir Ayoub
30 / 150
Opposition
1965 Mounir Ayoub
35 / 150
Junior Partner in coalition with Christian Democrats
1969 Mounir Ayoub
30 / 150
Opposition
1975 Rita Ayanampudi
50 / 150
Equal coalition partner with Labour and Conservatives.
1979 Rita Ayanampudi
69 / 150
Senior Partner in coalition with Labour
1983 Farrokh Khoroushi
90 / 150
Government
1987 Farrokh Khoroushi
71 / 150
Government
1991 Mounir Ayoub
50 / 150
Senior Partner in coalition with Labour
1995 Mounir Ayoub
45 / 150
Opposition
1999 Mounir Ayoub
40 / 150
Opposition
2003 Edmond Ghulmiyyah
80 / 150
Government
2007 Khalil Barakat
94 / 150
Government
2011 Khalil Barakat
115 / 150
Government
2015 Ahmed al-Rashid
75 / 150
Government
2019 Ahmed al-Rashid
80 / 150
Government