Gamal Abdel Nasser on the Nationalization of the Suez Canal

(1956)

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Explanation and Analysis of the Document

The Order concerning the Issuance of Law No. 285 of 1956 on the Nationalization of the Universal Company of the Suez Maritime Canal is a brief document that announces that “in the name of the nation” the president (Nasser) is seizing control of the ownership and operation of the Suez Canal. The document begins with a preamble that makes reference to various laws over the years that had vested control of the canal in the hands of private...