822.00/1116: Telegram

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

43. Referring to my telegram No. 42, Aug. 21, 11 a.m. Designation of Pons had met with considerable opposition from the liberal radical groups. This and the bitter disappointment of the Liberal Party that the movement gained it no apparent advantage in the forthcoming elections and that the strength of the Velaquista group has not been materially affected, have been disturbing factors. However this afternoon the situation is somewhat more settled, the armed forces seem more united and there is less likelihood of a military dictatorship. Considerable difficulty is being experienced in forming a Cabinet only half of which has been appointed.