United People's Party (Poland)
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United People's Party Poland
United People's Party

Zjednoczone Stronnictwo Ludowe
First leaderJózef Nie?ko
Last leaderDominik Ludwiczak
Founded27 November 1949
Dissolved27-29 November 1989
Merger ofPolish People's Party
Polish People's Party "Nowe Wyzwolenie"
People's Party
Succeeded byPolish People's Party
HeadquartersGrzybowska 4,
00-131 Warsaw
Membership (1989)300,000
Agrarian socialism
Political positionLeft-wing

The United People's Party (Polish: Zjednoczone Stronnictwo Ludowe, ZSL) was an agrarian political party in the People's Republic of Poland. It was formed on 27 November 1949 from the merger of the communist Stronnictwo Ludowe party with remnants of the independent People's Party of Stanis?aw Miko?ajczyk (which changed its name to Polish People's Party).

ZSL became – as intended from its beginning – a satellite party of the Polish United Workers' Party (PZPR), representing the PZPR in the rural areas. After 1982 it was a member of the Patriotic Movement for National Rebirth.

In 1989 after victory of the Solidarity trade union in the 1989 Polish legislative elections together with the PZPR's other satellite party, the Alliance of Democrats, ZSL decided to support Solidarity. At a ZSL congress (27-29 November 1989) ZSL became the Polskie Stronnictwo Ludowe - Odrodzenie ("Polish People's Party - Rebirth"). PSL-Odrodzenie merged with Polish People's Party "Wilanowskie", forming today's Polish People's Party.


Electoral history

Sejm elections

Election Party leader Votes % Seats +/- Position
1952 Józef Nie?ko as part of FJN - PZPR
Increase 90 Increase 2nd
1957 Stefan Ignar
Increase 28 Steady 2nd
Decrease 1 Steady 2nd
1965 Czes?aw Wycech
Steady Steady 2nd
Steady Steady 2nd
1972 Stanis?aw Gucwa
Steady Steady 2nd
Decrease 4 Steady 2nd
Steady Steady 2nd
1985 Roman Malinowski as part of PRON
Decrease 7 Steady 2nd
Decrease 41 Decrease 3rd

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