National Liberation Front

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National Liberation Front


(Front de Libération National; FLN), in Algeria, a national organization that existed from 1954 to 1964 and directed the Algerian people’s armed struggle for independence.

The FLN represented the workers, peasants, and intelligentsia, as well as part of the national bourgeoisie and feudal elements. It had its own military organization: the National Liberation Army. Under the leadership of the FLN, broad strata of the Algerian people took part in various aspects of the anticolonialist movement.

The first program of the FLN, adopted at the Congress of Soummam in August 1956, defined as the basic tasks of the organization the achievement of Algerian independence, the creation of a democratic republic, the implementation of agrarian reform, and the nationalization of the principal means of production. The congress adopted resolutions creating various bodies, including the supreme body of the FLN—the National Council of the Algerian Revolution (NCAR). In September 1958 the FLN established the Provisional Government of the Algerian Republic.

The program adopted at a session of the NCAR in Tripoli in June 1962, shortly after the war of national liberation had ended, provided for a transition to a people’s democratic revolution whose goals would be to “create a state based on socialist principles and popular sovereignty,” to implement an anti-imperialist and anticolonialist foreign policy, to carry out agrarian reform, and to nationalize mineral resources, transportation, banks, and foreign trade. The Tripoli Program also called for the industrialization of the country, the establishment of a planned economy in whose management the working people would take part, the development of a national culture, and an improved life for the toiling masses (seeNATIONAL DEMOCRATIC REVOLUTION IN ALGERIA). The program envisioned the transformation of the FLN into a political party.

The FLN split into two factions: those who supported the Provisional Government, some of whose leaders were opposed to the Tripoli Program, and those who supported the Politburo of the FLN, which had been established in July 1962 and which sought to continue the revolution. The second faction, aided by the National Liberation Army, seized power and in September 1962 formed the government of the Algerian People’s Democratic Republic. The FLN became the ruling political organization and subsequently was declared the sole legal political organization in the country. In 1964 the Party of the National Liberation Front was formed from the FLN.


National Liberation Front


(Ethnikon Apeleutheroti-kon Metopon; EAM), an organization uniting the patriotic forces of Greece during World War II.

EAM was founded on Sept. 27, 1941, at the initiative of the Communist Party of Greece (CPG). Its principal aims were to liberate Greece from the fascist German occupiers, secure the country’s complete independence, and form a provisional government in which each of its constituent political parties would be represented. It wanted the question of the ultimate form of government of Greece to be decided by the Greeks themselves.

EAM organized the Greek resistance movement and, in December 1941, formed the Greek National Popular Liberation Army (ELAS). It was also responsible for the Athens General Strike of 1943. In the same year it laid the foundations for a popular democratic regime in the liberated areas of the country. On Mar. 10, 1944, in accordance with a resolution of the Central Committee of EAM, the Political Committee of National Liberation was established; it in effect performed the functions of a provisional democratic government. By October 1944, when Greece was liberated from the fascist German occupation forces, more than 1.8 million people were united in support of EAM.

On Apr. 24, 1945, EAM became a political bloc of left-wing parties, such as the CPG, the Agrarian Party, and the Democratic Party. An antidemocratic law of Dec. 27,1947, banned the EAM bloc.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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