The Assyrian Democratic Organization is a Christian ethnic nationalist party. It calls for the safeguard of the existence of the Assyrian people and the realization of legitimate nationalistic aspirations.
Gabriel Moushe Gawrieh: president
Abdelahad Steifo: member of the Syrian National Council’s Executive Committee
The Assyrian Democratic Organization (ADO) was established in Syria in 1957 and is the largest Assyrian political organization in the country. It was among the organizing members of the Damascus Declaration in 2005, a joint statement by a group of opposition forces and political figures calling for democracy and pluralism. The ADO was marginalized by the Syrian Democratic People’s Party, led by Riad al-Turk, and the London-based Sunni Islamist group the Movement for Justice and Development during the competition that took place over leadership of the Damascus Declaration coalition in the 2007–2009 period. It was among the founders of the Syrian National Council in October 2011 and at that time had six members of out of a total of 273. The ADO also has a representative on the council’s Executive Committee.
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