Syria's first president, Mohammad Ali al-Abed, in 1932

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President Abed ruled Syria in 1932-1936. He nominated himself for presidential office against powerful candidates like the French-backed Taj al-Din al-Hasani, and the nationalist leader Hashem al-Atasi. During his era, a nation-wide revolt strike broke out against the French, which lasted for 60-days. It prompted the French to invite a delegation of nationalists to Paris to negotiate an independence treaty. When they returned having secured one in September 1936, President Abed resigned from office. He died in Paris in 1939.