CUBA: One-Man Race

After showing his countrymen the unusual spectacle of a dictator earnestly running for President, Cuba's Strongman Fulgencio Batista suddenly found himself running all alone this week. In a dramatic announcement only 36 hours before the polls were to open, his only opponent, ex-President Ramón Grau San Martin, withdrew from the race. Batista smilingly announced that the elections (for Congress, governorships and local offices as well as for the presidency) would go off as scheduled. But Grau's walkout had spoiled the strongman's plan. Batista's main purpose in scheduling elections in the first place was...

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