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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1920

Cuba,   pp. 1-108 PDF (37.5 MB)

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Amendment of the Electoral Law Carried by the Conservatives; Failure of
the United States to Dissuade President Menocal from Approving the
Amendment-Agitation by the Liberals to Induce Supervision of the
Elections by the United States-Concern of the United States over Pre-
Election Disorders-President Menocal's Statement, October 28, 1920, Assur-
ing the Cuban People a Fair Election-Delay by the Cuban Authorities in
Announcing the Results of the Election-Appointment of General Crowder
on Special Mission to Cuba
837.00/1622: Telegram
The Al inister in Cuba (Long) to the Secretary of State
HABANA, February 13, 1920-4
[Received February 14-3: 41 p.m.]
43. It is persistently reported that the Conservatives plan soon
to introduce in the Cuban Congress a bill covering two amendments
to new electoral law, first, to make it possible, for one candidate to
figure in two parties and, second, to limit the distinguished powers
of the Central Electoral Board. As soon as available, text will be
transmitted if important. Rumor has it that Conservatives have
consulted Washington and that Crowder is agreeable. This is, I
take it, merely the usual type of rumor calculated to create unrest in
opposing political organizations.
It is currently stated that as Zayas failed to win out with the
Liberals he sought and has pending an arrangement [for] an alli-
ance with Conservatives and that Zayas will be candidate for
President or Vice-President on Conservative ticket.
Radical Liberals say that if this is done Nunfez now Vice Presi-
dent under Menocal will be run on Liberal ticket but the Civil
Governor of Habana, Doctor Barreras, a Liberal, states real Liberals
wish to see Crowder law applied its entirety and the Libheral mem-
bers will retire from any session of Congress that votes to amend it
before the law has been given a fair trial.
Should the Conservative party really make the effort to amend
the new electoral law it might give the Department an opportunity
to suggest to President Menocal reasonableness of inviting General
'Continued from Foreign Relations, 1919, vol. ii, pp. 1-84.

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