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Picture dated from the 1950s in Cairo of Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser (1918-1970). Army officer, Nasser became dissatisfied with the corruption of the Farouk regime and was involved in the military coup of 1952. He assumed the premiership in 1954 and then presidential powers, deposing his fellow officer, General Mohammed Neguib. Officially elected president in 1956, he nationalized the Suez Canal.