Wednesday, April 15, 2009

1954: Grau withdraws, Batista elected (unopposed)

Cuba History Timeline Events
November 1, 1954
After deciding to run against Batista, breaking with other candidates who insisted on electoral process guarantees before participating in the 1954 election, Ramón Grau San Martín announced on October 30 (just two days before Election Day) that he was withdrawing his name from the ballot because the process guarantees for fair elections were inadequate. Neutral observers said he had realized his Auténtico faction did not have enough votes to overcome Batista’s coalition.

Grau’s abrupt decision left Fulgencio Batista as an unopposed candidate in the 1954 election.
Batista was again sworn in as President of Cuba, for the last time, on February 24, 1955.

based on Manuel Márquez-Sterling's Cuba 1952-1959 and
Cuba 1952-1959 Interactive Timeline

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