Panamanian presidential election, 1918

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The Panama held a general election on 16 September 1918, electing both a new President of the Republic.

On 4 June 1918 the sudden death of President Ramón Maximiliano Valdés triggered a political earthquake [1] and Ciro Luis Urriola, the First Vice-President succeeded him [2] Elections for the National Assembly were due on 7 July, and the Assembly would choose the man to see out the remainder of Valdés’s term. [3] The new administration probably feared that it would be unable to gain a majority in the National Assembly, and issued a decree postponing the municipal and the national elections. “The Washington government expressed doubt as to the constitutionality of the decree and, invoking Article 136 of the constitution, asked that it be withdrawn”. [4]

The opposition gained a majority in the National Assembly, but the government contested a number of decisions and requested that the American electoral commission decide the disputes. Toward the end of August the American chargé gave a partial report of the findings of the committee and urged the National Assembly to elect Ricardo Arias Feraud president. The final judgment was that the government had won a majority of the National Assembly. [5] "With the State Department’s blessing, Belisario Porras Barahona became president of Panama for the second time". [6]

The First Vice-President Pedro Antonio Díaz de Obaldía assumed the presidency on 1 October and was succeeded by Belisario Porras Barahona, as soon as he returned from the United States, on 12 October.

Presidential election results[7][edit]

Candidate Party Voted for Voted against Total
Belisario Porras Barahona Porrista Liberal Party (PLP) 20 13 33
Ricardo Arias Feraud Chiarista Liberal Party (PLCh) 13 20 33

Election of the First Vice-President[8][edit]

Candidate Party Voted for Voted against Total
Pedro Antonio Díaz de Obaldía Conservative Party (PC) 20 13 33
Rodolfo Chiari Robles Chiarista Liberal Party (PLCh) 10 23 33
Ramón F. Acevedo Chiarista Liberal Party (PLCh) 03 30 33

Election of the Second Vice-President [9][edit]

Candidate Party Voted for Voted against Total
Ernesto Tisdel Lefevre de la Ossa Porrista Liberal Party (PLP) 20 13 33
Manuel Quintero Villarreal Chiarista Liberal Party (PLCh) 13 20 33

References[edit]

  1. ^ Major, John. Prize possession: the United States and the Panama Canal, 1903-1979. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1993. Pp. 138.
  2. ^ McCain, William D. The United States and the Republic of Panama. New York: Russell & Russell. Reprint of 1937 edition. 1965. Pp. 73.
  3. ^ Major, John. Prize possession: the United States and the Panama Canal, 1903-1979. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1993. Pp. 138.
  4. ^ McCain, William D. The United States and the Republic of Panama. New York: Russell & Russell. Reprint of 1937 edition. 1965. Pp. 73.
  5. ^ McCain, William D. The United States and the Republic of Panama. New York: Russell & Russell. Reprint of 1937 edition. 1965. Pp. 74.
  6. ^ Major, John. Prize possession: the United States and the Panama Canal, 1903-1979. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1993. Pp. 139.
  7. ^ Elecciones presidenciales en Panama por sufragio indirecto y directo
  8. ^ Elecciones presidenciales en Panama por sufragio indirecto y directo
  9. ^ Elecciones presidenciales en Panama por sufragio indirecto y directo