Gamal Abdul Nasser with his new government at the gates of the Presidential Palace in Damascus in 1958

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President Nasser is standing with Syrian and Egyptian cabinet members of the UAR. Second from left is the socialist leader Akram al-Hawrani, who became Vice-President of the UAR. Next to him is Abdul Latiff al-Baghdadi, the Egyptian Vice-President, followed by Nasser, Marshal Abdul Hakim Amer, who became Governor of Syria, and Sabri al-Asali, his other Syrian Vice-President. Then stands Fakhir al-Kayyali, the Minister of Economy. Standing to the far right is the Baath Party co-founder Salah al-Bitar. In the middle row, second from left, is Abdul Hamid Sarraj, who became Minister of Interior in the UAR.