|Socialist Party of Manchuria|
ㄇㄢㄓㄡ ㄕㄜㄏㄨㄟ ㄉㄤ
Mǎnzhōu shèhuì dǎng
|First Secretary||Xu Guanzhong|
|Founded||12th March 1991|
|Preceded by||Communist Party of Manchuria|
|Student wing||Socialist Youth|
|Youth wing||Socialist Future|
|International affiliation||Socialist International|
|Official colours||Red, yellow|
|Seats in the Supreme National Assembly|
|Local Government Seats|
The Socialist Party of Manchuria (Chinese: ㄇㄢㄓㄡ ㄕㄜㄏㄨㄟ ㄉㄤ; Mǎnzhōu shèhuì dǎng) is a centre-left political party in Manchuria. With 103 seats it is the third largest party within the Supreme National Assembly and was previously before 2010 the second largest party in the country after the Manzuxiehui.
The SPM was formed in 1991, being the legal successor of the Communist Party of Manchuria which had ruled Manchuria as a single-party socialist state between 1946-90. Until 2010 it was the second biggest political force in the country, getting the second largest share of the vote in every election and always taking the mantle of official opposition within the Supreme National Assembly. In 2010 it suffered an electoral disaster when it was ousted from its position as the main opposition party by the New Progressive Party. Since then it has functioned as the third most powerful party in Manchurian politics.
The SPM is a democratic socialist party, and has idealogical divisions between the more moderate social democrats and the former hardline communists. The party retains a Leninist party structure with a central committee and politburo making most executive decisions with the highest ranking member of the party being its First Secretary.
List of First Secretaries
|Portrait||Term in Office|
|1|| Tao Shiyou|
|12th March 1991||27th September 1997|
|2|| Sun Yufang|
|27th September 1997||13th April 2006|
|3|| Chang Shengzuo|
|13th April 2006||11th April 2016|
|4|| Xu Guanzhong|
|11th April 2016||Incumbent|
- Increase the size of the welfare state.
- Scrap plans for a flat tax rate and maintain the current income tax system.
- Bring unemployment down from 12.6% to 7%.
- Raise the income tax on those earning over 元2,500,000 from 48% of their earnings to 53%.
- Strike down the International Free Trade Act of 1997.
- Oppose all moves to introduce a school voucher system.
- Re-nationalise Manchu Airways.
- Bring back collective bargaining rights to public sector employees.
- End the prohibition on drugs, and focus on rehabilitation in prisons rather then punishment.
- Oppose the two-child policy.
- Streamline the civil service which is too bureaucratised.