The Minister in Nicaragua (Hanna) to the Secretary of State
[Received 4:32 p.m.]
138. President Moncada on July 21 placed the Johnson law in effect by executive decree. He told me he had done this pending the approval by Congress of the new amendments because doubt was being expressed as to whether the Johnson law had become automatically effective when Admiral Woodward assumed the Chairmanship of the National Board of Elections.