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The Minister in Peru ( McMillin ) to the Acting Secretary of State

This morning Leguia issued a proclamation assuming Provisional Presidency claiming he did it to prevent thwarting public will as expressed [in] recent elections. Says that he was called to Peru by the public and elected President, he could not allow the country to continue in path of ruin. Charges conspiracy by the Government to prevent his election from being acknowledged. Charges Government ran politics to neglect of needy classes and defied judicial authority. Promises indispensable constitutional reforms and that period [of] transition and organization will not exceed two months.