824.00/145: Telegram

The Minister in Bolivia (Maginnis) to the Secretary of State

140. Elections yesterday tranquil throughout the Republic, except slight disorders in the Department of Cochabamba and in Trinidad. Observed personally voting in La Paz, which was orderly and to all appearance[s] free and fair. Elections in fact more tranquil and free than under old regime. Republican Party represented now by Junta overwhelmingly sustained, one Radical at this time being elected, and according to best information only one Liberal in entire Republic. Election having been as free as is possible in these countries and present Government having received sweeping indorsement of the people, strongly recommend immediate recognition Junta as de facto Government in accordance with Department’s 56, August 24, 6 p.m. Situation justifying, respectfully suggest prompt action very desirable for interests of the United States in Bolivia.