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The Ambassador in Haiti (Tittmann) to the Secretary of State


504. ReEmbtel 500, November 20. Constituent Assembly today terminated duties after definitively voting the proposed 1946 constitution with following amendments in addition to those already reported.

Article 73 was changed to read substantially as follows:

No monopoly may be granted to anyone other than the State and the Communes, although the State and the Communes in the exercise of these privileges may accord them to societies and companies. This would appear to give wider discretionary powers to President.

Article 22 regarding right to strike was eliminated completely after heated debate and as recommended by committees report. Complete text of constitution will be forwarded earliest possible.