Cuba History Timeline Events
April 4, 1952
After governing as a de facto Prime Minister for about three weeks Batista declared himself President, disbanded the legislature, put in its place an advisory council and by proclamation enacted a constitutional law based on the 1940 Constitution. The Bill of Rights with its protection of basic freedoms was also restored. The national elections scheduled for June of that year were cancelled. Batista offered to hold general elections in 1953. The opposition rejected this offer outright, and refused to politically engage the Batista regime in any way.