CONTENDERS IN 1958 CUBAN
Magazine, Vol. 1, Havana, January 5, 1958, No. 1, American
Domingo Morales del Castillo, ex President of the
Republic and now
Secretary of the Presidency, looks as one of the most
eligible men for
the president elections.
CONTENDERS IN NEXT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
Dr. Andres Domingo y
Morales del Castillo
For most government partisans, this Cuban with his pleasing
and his look of extreme self-confidence is the greatest
the Batista program will be carried forward by the
Andres Domingo y Morales del Castillo is reported for many
have been one of the closest and most highly regarded
advisors to the
President in all spheres of government.
He has advised the President on intellectual matters on
state, on administration of the government and even when the
Batista was living a quiet family life in exile.
As minister to the President, Andres Domingo has held one of
confidential and arduous posts in the President's inner
For some Batista supporters, Morales del Castillo is the
ideal man for
the job due to his experiencia [experience] of serving as
executive o the nation on one occasion.
He was the illustrious Cuban who filed the presidential post
time when the general-president was forced to abandon the
palace to run
for election in 1954.
While his numerous backers go around constantly boosting his
Andres Domingo himself remains silent. He smiles when
bring up the subject and says nothing that can be taken as a
indication of his thinking on the matter.
With a stoic capacity for work, and amazing seriousness of
an unruffled composure (which stood him in good stead on
during the attack on the Presidential Palace), Andres
Domingo at year's
end looms as another of the leading aspirants to the
president of the nation.
Rivero Agüero, a young high talented politian
Minister of the Government is working hard for his
Dr. Andres Rivero
Among the leaders of the PAP figure of the primer minister,
Rivero Agüero, has come to the fore as a possible
[presidential] candidate for consideration by the
As one of the President Batista's most loyal friends, he
hesitate to join the revolutionary movement of the 10th of
March in the
first shaky moments of its formation.
Essentially a politican [politician], Rivero Agüero has
solidarity of his character and his energetic temperament by
his leader against the subtle allegations of the opposition.
He has taken part in all the important attempts at
the government and opposition as the President's
When some of his own companions have remained silent for
committing dialectic errors, Rivero Agüero has on many
assumed the legal offensive for the regime.
He is, therefore, one of the outstanding figures of the
government. His main attributes and defects are as
He has the intelligence to know what is best both for his
own party and
for the enemies of the regime. He is cautious in that he
knows when to
remain silent and when to advance his arguments.
He is excessive. There are those who believe that his
defect is that he talks too much. It is possible,
for the dynamic prime minister this is his best weapon.
In at atmosphere in which politicians are constantly
reducing the hours
in which they receive visitors and when they are cutting
conferences, Rivero Agüero is noted for doing just the
He is too empassioned.[impassioned]. Without doubt the
minister is one of those who transforms his immense energies
lightning, or something very similar to what the Israelites
wrath of God.
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Alliegro, a great politician, President of the Senate
looks like one of
the most eligible candidates to the Republic Presidency.
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DR. ANSELMO ALLIEGRO MILA
The gravity of his expression is only a manifold reflection
of his true personality.
The president of the Senate, Dr. Anselmo Alliegro, another
of the many
highly eligible figures under consideration for the
parties composing the National Progressive Coalition, hides
rigidity of his facial expression a political acumen of the
His advanced legislative rank is not the only factor which
Alliegro as an aspirant for the nation's highest
office. He also
symbolizes for Cubans a permanent school of exceptionally
He started his political career as a councilman in the wild
Oriente Province. There he filed away in his memories
of Cuban independence and the heroic story of the Mambis
zones saturated with colonial oppression.
There also he forged his political career. He learned
to appreciate the unmistakable foundations of true
as the Bronze Titan had done 50 years previously, he started
towards the capital with only one goal: triumph.
Anselmo Alliegro Mila has been proclaimed presidential
candidate by the
provisional assembly of the Progressive Party of
Oriente. He can
count also on the unconditional support of a majority of
councilmen of the republic and strong liberal nuclei in the
A champion of the farmer and of historic phrases, Alliegro
out a policy of progressive understanding among all sectors
nation during his term as president of the Senate. He
vigorously, patriotically and willingly for the creation of
a sense of
impersonal good-fellowship in all question of state.
His adversaries find little ground on which to oppose
Alliegro also knows how to give forth with a spontaneous
smile and mix
with the humble classes of the population. Silently,
but with a
firm step, he had laid the groundwork for his own elevation
presidency of the republic.
Lopez Castro, a well-known politician and had of the
Radical is one of the main aspirants to the Presidential
ING. [Engineer] AMADEO LOPEZ
The supporters and leaders of the Partido Union Radical, one
group of government coalition parties, has proclaimed their
spokesman as an eminently able substitute for President
Batista in the
general elections scheduled for 1958.
But despite the enthusiasm and drive of this element of the
rank and file does not feel the necessary confidence in
They look very well that Lopez Castro can count on
sufficient votes and
support among the top echelons of the government to make a
for the nomination.
But at the same time t hey fear that Lopez Castro is not
sufficient interested in the chief executive post.
Apathy? Indifference? No. Lopez Castro has
his entire person to the economic problems of
government. He is
one of a small group of highly trained Cubans who direct and
in accordance with the instructions of the President, the
sugar policies abroad.
Lopez Castro is a man whose axioms and theories are of
proven worth and efficiency. But he foregoes the
amenities, protocol and other social obligations which form
important part of the duties of a president.
An indefatigable worker who takes in utmost seriousness the
responsibilities of his post, he leaves little time for the
aspects of his work.
Some say that Amadeo does not wish to be a candidate.
But to date
he has not stated that desire publicly, with the result that
supporters and his figures and take an active part in the
rough-and-tumble of continue to push his name to the fore in
that he will leave his desk the political forum.
- Jorge Garcia
Montes, talented lawyer and Minister of Education, waits
for his nomination trough the Progressive Action Party.
DR. JORGE GARCIA
To his friends, the active pace of Dr. Jorge Garcia Montes
one thing –that the minister of education is ready and
Too much interest is dangerous, but too little is more so.
Garcia Montes' path since that memorable date of March 10
has not led
the minister to sensational peaks. But, as a discreet,
working and intimate advisor of the administration, his
star has risen steadily over the past six years in keeping
high party post.
Previous to that March day he had thrown his support to the
presidential candidacy of Fulgencio Batista and the historic
Afterwards, when Batista had ascended to power, Jorge Garcia
introduced onto the national scene slowly until his full
the post which he now occupies.
Like Raul Menocal, the former pre-
In all important events Garcia Montes has held a front-line
He is an imperturbable man, always with a cigar between his
gives the impression of knowing what is about to happen and
the inside" in all important events. But if such is
the case, he
maintains a discreet silence on them.
Possessor of an eloquent personality, he is a
purposeful man from dawn till dusk, playing his large part
in the march
of events with amazing serenity.
His collaborators see him from afar as a little too
energetic, a little too indifferent. But that is a
The provincial assembly of Las Villas Province has
proclaimed his its presidential candidate for the coming
The radar of the partisan Batista supporters has detected
activity within education circles on recent occasions.
mean that the former premier is abandoning his reflective,
and moving into the political arena? Until something
definite is known, until a sign is received or the
assemblies decide on
the man for the job, "Yoyo" Garcia Montes will remain among
of the potential candidates for president.
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