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The Minister in Ecuador (Gonzalez) to the Secretary of State

42. It is obvious that the armed forces have been actuated solely by sense of duty to support and maintain the Constitution and that they are endeavoring to have all proceedings in conformity with the succession outlined therein. On the grounds that Antonio Pons, the last Minister of Government, had no knowledge of the intention of the President to become dictator and that he is the constitutional successor, the Army decided this morning that he would assume power as Acting President. Congress met this morning, accepted resignation of President and approved Pons as Acting President.