The National Committee for the Unity of Syrian Communists (NCUSC), also known as the Party of the Popular Will, is a communist party and founding member of the Popular Front for Change and Liberation and the Coalition of Peaceful Change Forces. As a member of the “loyalist” opposition, a group of officially tolerated but unlicensed political parties, the party calls for national dialogue, political reform, and a government of national unity. It does not advocate the overthrow of the regime.
Qadri Jamil: founder and leader
Founded by Qadri Jamil, the NCUSC is a splinter group from the Bakdash faction of the Syrian Communist Party, which is a partner of the ruling Baath Party in the National Progressive Front government. In July 2011, the party joined the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (al-Intifada) to establish the Popular Front for Change and Liberation. In December 2011, the NCUSC changed its name to the Party of the Popular Will and applied for official recognition by the government, but has not yet received it. In early May 2012, the NCUSC became part of the larger Coalition of Peaceful Change Forces with other pseudo-opposition groups.
Party leader Qadri Jamil is a prominent economist and a professor at Damascus University with long-standing ties to the regime and to the Russian government. He is currently part of the government, having accepted the position of deputy prime minister for economic affairs in June 2012. Jamil was the only representative of the opposition to enter the committee for the drafting of the new constitution, which was put to referendum in February 2012. He also ran in the parliamentary elections of May 7 as a candidate of the Popular Front for Change and Liberation, even though it is composed of unlicensed parties, and won a seat. But he subsequently called for the annulment of the results on the grounds that they had been manipulated and forged by the licensed political parties taking part.
Policy Toward the Crisis
- Rejects external military intervention
- Rejects arming the opposition
- Supports dialogue with the regime
- Supports the Annan peace plan
- A civil, secular, democratic system
- Free elections
- Freedom of speech
- The separation of powers
- Equality between citizens
Foreign Policy Issues
- Strong opposition to Western interference in Syrian affairs
- Long-standing ties with the Russian government