National Congress Party

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the principal opposition political party in libya immediately after independence.

Government tampering in national assembly elections in 1952 deprived the National Congress party of its victory. Party stalwarts reacted violently, leading, first, to the expulsion of its founder, Libyan nationalist Bashir Bey Sadawi, from the country and then, soon thereafter, to the demise of party politics in Libya.

see also sadawi, bashir.


Anderson, Lisa S. The State and Social Transformation in Tunisia and Libya, 19301980. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1986.

Khadduri, Majid. Modern Libya: A Study in Political Development. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Press, 1963.

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