890E.00/140: Telegram

The Diplomatic Agent and Consul General at Beirut ( Wadsworth ) to the Secretary of State

213. Reference my 209, June 16, 4 p.m.39 Following from Farrell.40

Decrees issued June 21 set Syrian first degree elections for July 10, second degree for July 26, to elect Parliament of 122 deputies, this figure composed of 16 for Damascus, 14 for Aleppo, 6 for Horns, 5 for Hama, 4 for Soueida, 3 or less for each of other circumscriptions. Communities are represented as follows: Sunni Moslem 79, other Moslem sects including Druzes 16, Nomad tribes 10, Christian 16, Jew 1.

Neither candidates for deputy nor any political programs have yet been announced.

  1. Not printed.
  2. William S. Farrell, Second Secretary and Consul at Damascus.