República de Guatemala
  • M. Epstein
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The Republic of Guatemala was established on April 17, 1839, after having formed for eighteen years part of the Confederation of Central America. The present Constitution came into effect January 1, 1928. The legislative power is vested in a single-chambered National Assembly, consisting of 74 representatives (one for every 30,000 inhabitants) chosen by direct popular vote for 4 years. In addition a Council of State of 7 members, 3 elected by the National Assembly, and 4 appointed by the President of the Republic, has supervision of public concessions and contracts, and large advisory powers. The President is normally elected for 6 years, and barred from re-election for a period of 12 years, but President Ubico’s term, which expired in 1937, was, as the result of a plebiscite held in June, 1935, and through an amendment to the Constitution in September, 1941, extended to March 15, 1949.


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Statistical and other Books of Reference concerning Guatemala

1. Official Publications

  1. Department of Overseas Trade Reports. Annual Series. London.Google Scholar
  2. Memoria de la Secretarla de Hacienda. Annual. Guatemala,Google Scholar
  3. Memoria de la Secretarla de Fomento. Annual. Guatemala.Google Scholar
  4. Constitución de la República de Guatemala decretada por la Asamblea nacional constitnyente (covering the constitutions from 1879 to 1935). Guatemala City, 1935.Google Scholar
  5. Colección de tratados de Guatemala, compilada por José Rodriguez Cerna. Vol. I.Google Scholar
  6. Pactos con el resto de Centro América. Guatemala, 1939.Google Scholar

2. Non-Official Publications

  1. Report of Council of the Corporation of Foreign Bondholders. Annual. London. Caille (Alexis), Au Pays du Printemps éternel: La Guatémala et son avenir économique. Paris, 1914.Google Scholar
  2. Fergusson (Erna), Quatemala. New York, 1937.Google Scholar
  3. Fife (D.), Guatemala and the States of Central America. London, 1913.Google Scholar
  4. Jones (Chester L.), Guatemala; Past and Present. Minneapolis, 1940.Google Scholar
  5. Keane (A. H.), Central and South America. In Stanford’s Compendium. New Issue. London, 1901.Google Scholar
  6. Kelsey (Vera) and Osborne (Lilly de J.), Four Keys to Guatemala. New York, 1939.Google Scholar
  7. Key (Helmer), Kaffee, Zucker und Bananen: Eine Reise nach Cuba und Guatemala-Munich, 1929.Google Scholar
  8. Leritz (F. J.), Aus dem Hochlande der Maya. Stuttgart, 1930.Google Scholar
  9. Mejia (J. V.), Geografia descriptiva de la República de Guatemala. Guatemala, 1922.Google Scholar
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  11. Munoz (J.), and Ward (Anna B.), Guatemala, Ancient and Modern. New York, 1940.Google Scholar
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  13. —In den Vulcangebieten Mittelamerikas und Westindiens. Stuttgart, 1905.Google Scholar
  14. Seler (Caecilie), Auf alten Wegen in Mexico und Guatemala, 1895–97. Berlin, 1900.Google Scholar
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  16. Villacorta (J. A.), Monografia del Departamento de Guatemala. Guatemala, 1926.Google Scholar
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