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1913: Shortest Presidency in World History

1913: Shortest Presidency in World History
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The entire presidential term of Pedro Lascurain lasted, according to some sources 15, and the other 55 minutes. In any case it was less than one hour.

Mexican President Pedro Lascurain had the briefest term of all state presidents in history. It happened in the following way: he was the foreign secretary of Mexico at a time when General Huerta made a coup d’état, on this day in 1913. The current president resigned, as did the vice-president and the attorney general. This made Lascurain, as foreign secretary, the next in line to the presidency.

That suited the General. He allowed Lascurain to become president, only to find himself appointed minister of interior, and so made him the next in line in the order of succession. He then forced Lascurain to resign. The goal of this whole show was so it would appear that the general had become president in a legitimate way. The entire presidential term of Pedro Lascurain lasted, according to some sources 15, and others 55 minutes. In any case it lasted less than one hour.

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