Syria's most famous democratically elected presidents Shukri al-Quwatli and Hashem al-Atasi in 1946

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Quwatli (second from left) was president of the republic in 1943-1949, whereas President Atasi had held the job in 1936-1939. Quwatli returned to office in 1955-1958 and Atasi returned to the job twice in 1949-1951 and 1954-1955