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The year he returned to power in a successful coup, the dictator signs a decree appropriating special funds for the Cuban Embassy in Mexico

Document Signed: "F. Batista" in black ink as President and "Alejandro Herrera" as Minister of Treasury. 1 page, 8x12¾. Place: Havana, Cuba. Date: August 6, 1952. Also signed by the Minister of Finance Alejandro Herrera y Arango. Embossed blue paper seal of the Republic of Cuba in lower right. Translated from Spanish into English: "Fulgencio Batista Y Zaldivar, President of the Republic. I LET YOU KNOW: that the Ministers Council has approved and I have decided: THAT: the Minister of State informs that it is necessary to approve an extraordinary credit so the Cuban Embassy in Mexico takes care of urgent obligations, taken by such diplomatic office. THAT: the Ministers Council has the power, according to Article 230 of the Constitutional Law of the Republic, to authorize credits that origin expenses that are not already considered, only if there is already a plan to pay them. THAT: The Ministers Council, using the faculties that were conferred to them by the Constitutional Law, decides to dictate the Law-Decree No. 310. ARTICLE 1. The Minister of State authorizes an extraordinary credit of $500.00 to cover obligations of the Embassy of Cuba in Mexico. ARTICLE 2. The amount of the authorized credit is going to be taken from the special savings account 'General surplus of the Special Savings Account". Law 2-1951, Article 40.' FOR ALL OF THIS: I order that this Law-Decree must be obeyed in every single part. Given in the Palace of the Presidency, La Habana, August 6, 1952. F. Bautista, Alejandro Herrera. " FULGENCIO BATISTA ZALDIVAR (1901-1973) was the elected President of Cuba from 1940 to 1944, and dictator from 1952 to 1959, before being overthrown during the Cuban Revolution. The Council of Ministers having determined that the Cuban Embassy in Mexico has incurred extraordinary expenses, it approves a one-time appropriation of 500 pesos from the Special Fund to cover the Embassy's obligations. Fulgencio Batista y Zaldivar led the "revolt of the sergeants", which seized power in Cuba in 1933. As dictator, he controlled the government from 1933-1940, when he assumed the title of President of Cuba (1940-1944). He retired in 1944 but returned to power by an army coup in 1952. In the year this document was signed, Batista suspended the Constitution of 1940, dissolved the political parties, and replaced an elected Congress with his appointed Council of Ministers. Batista ruled until the last day of 1958, when he fled the advancing forces of Fidel Castro. ALEJANDRO HERRERA Y ARANGO was a Cuban lawyer who served as Minister of the Treasury during the presidency of Fulgencio Batista Zaldivar. Sealed. Lightly toned. Fold crosses signature. Irregular left and top edge. Otherwise, fine condition.


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Born: January 16, 1901 in Banes, Cuba
Died: August 6, 1973 in Marbella, Spain

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