Guatemalan parliamentary election, October 1944

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Legislative elections to fill vacancies in the Congress were held in Guatemala on 13 October 1944. Congressional elections were blatantly manipulated to insure the election of government candidates.[1] Following the example of Ubico, president Ponce Vaides rigged the congressional elections in October 1944, in which the official slate won, literally, 48,530 votes out of a total of 44,571 ballots.[2] Progressive Liberal Party candidates easily captured the five congressional seats available.[3]

On 20 October 1944, young military officers deposed President Ponce in a lightning-quick coup.[4] The junta immediately dissolved the legislature and set dates for three elections: congressional, 3-5 November; presidential, 17-19 December; and, constituent assembly, 28-30 December.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Berger, Susan Ann. State and agrarian development: Guatemala (1931-1978). New York: Columbia University. Unpublished dissertation. 1986. Pp. 134.
  2. ^ Yashar, Deborah J. Demanding democracy: reform and reaction in Costa Rica and Guatemala, 1870s-1950s. Stanford: Stanford University Press. 1997. Pp. 96.
  3. ^ Leonard, Thomas M. The United States and Central America, 1944-1949: perceptions of political dynamics. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press. 1984. Pp. 82.
  4. ^ Dosal, Paul J. Doing business with the dictators: a political history of United Fruit in Guatemala, 1899-1944. Wilmington: Scholarly Resources. 1993. Pp. 226.
  5. ^ Leonard, Thomas M. The United States and Central America, 1944-1949: perceptions of political dynamics. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press. 1984. Pp. 84.