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Gamal Abdel Nasser (15 January 1918 28 September 1970) was the second president of Egypt from 1956 through 1970. As a colonel in the Egyptian Army, Nasser led the Egyptian Revolution in 1952, along with Muhammed Naguib (the first President), and overthrew the monarchy of Egypt and Sudan. The revolution led to the abolishing of the constitutional monarchy and aristocracy of Egypt, the establishment of a one-party republic, the end of all British occupation and the independence of Sudan. He would rule as Egypt's authoritarian dictator and could be surprisingly brutal to opponents, but was genuinely popular among Egyptians with his populist reforms and spellbinding speeches.

He gained the reputation of being the "Leader of the Arabs" due to his leadership in the Suez Crisis, the nationalization of the Suez Canal Company and the creation of the Non-Aligned Movement (alongside Jawaharlal Nehru, Kwame Nkrumah, and Josip Broz Tito). The Six-Day War and the War of Attrition damaged some of his image and weakened the spread of his Arab socialist ideology, but he's still seen as a symbol of Arabic dignity and freedom and an Egyptian national hero.

  • Shout-Out: In the Belgian comic strip series Nero, Nero has to deliver a letter to Nasser in De Brief Aan Nasser (1956) in order to obtain an uncle's heritage. They actually meet him, deliver the letter, and when Nasser opens it, he sees a simplistic drawing of a man sticking out his tongue. Enraged, he orders his guards to bring Nero and his friends back to him, but they manage to escape. At the end of the story, Nero receives a letter from Nasser containing a similar drawing.

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  • In The Crown, Nasser makes several appearances in Series 1 and 2 during the Suez Crisis and buildup to it. He also embarrasses Anthony Eden during a diplomatic visit.

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