|Speaker of the People's Council|
12 December 1949 – 23 June 1951
|Preceded by||Maarouf al-Dawalibi|
|Succeeded by||Fares al-Khoury|
|Minister of the Interior|
14 August 1949 – 12 December 1949
Aleppo, Ottoman Syria
|Died||1987 (aged 87–88)
North Nicosia, Northern Cyprus
|Political party||People's Party|
Kikhia appeared on the political stage as being pursued by the French Mandate government during the Great Syrian Revolution of 1925. He served in the ranks of the National Bloc since its formation in 1928. He was one of the signatories of the 1936 Treaty with France. Afterwards, he declared his secession from it since the negotiations to ratify the treaty have been stalled by France, and what he considered is that the National Bloc has already offered a lot of concessions.
Kikhia was one of the most prominent opponents of the annexation of the Iskenderun to Turkey in 1939. In August 1948, he founded the People's Party rooted from the National Bloc, he remained as its president until the dissolution of political parties after the Syrian-Egyptian unity.
Kikhia was elected as a representative of Aleppo in the People's Council of Syria in 1936, 1943, 1947 and 1949. He held the position of the Minister of the Interior during the reign of Hashim Atassi government. On 12 December 1949, he was elected as the Speaker of the Parliament of Syria.
He chaired the Constituent Assembly, which drafted the Constitution of Syria in 1950. He was one of the most prominent opponents of Adib al-Shishakli's regime and those who demanded his departure in 1954. He refused to assume the post of president in favor of Shukri al-Quwatli. Later on, he refused to approve the secession (separation from the United Arab Republic, which was formed as a result of the unity between Syria and Egypt) and said his famous statement:
The hand that signed the unity document with Egypt will not sign the document of separation.
- "رشدي كيخيا 1899 - 1987" (Arabic)
- "الحياة البرلمانية والدستورية في سورية" (Arabic)
- "كيف وصل الطائفيون إلى السلطة في سوريا؟" (Arabic)
- "باسل الحمصي: رشدي الكيخيا ابن الشهباء والبحث عن رجال تقود تحرّر حلب التام" (Arabic)
- ذوقان قرقوط (2006). في تاريخ الأمة العربية الحديث (in Arabic). ktab INC. ISBN 9789772085149.
- "عصام العطار يعزي بوفاة رشدي كيخيا" (Arabic)
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