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645 tWe are in the southeast part of Panama, in the The Cabinet is composed of Ministers of Government and
grassy courtyard of the building in which the first Con- Foreign Relations, Justice and Public Instruction, Fin-
gress held its meetings. ance and Public W orks,-appointed by the President.
President Manuel Amador is the tall, slender man with The Members of Congress here assembled are chiefly
gray hair and moustache, sitting next to the end of the planters or business and professional men; most of them
front row of his colleagues. The independence of the are of Spanish descent; some have French, Indian or
Republic of Panama was declared Novemb,e. 4, 1903. African blood. They are divided into. two parties,-
On February 20, 1904, the first presidential inauguration Liberal and Opposition; their deliberations are Ljnducted
took place. in Spanish.
President Amadc- was born in Carta-:en Colombia, From Notes of Travel No. 40. copyright by Underwood &
and educated for the profession of mc icine. He has. Under-wood.
been a resident of the Isthmus since liO,. Foi many ------
years he was chief medical adviser to the P~nama Rail- President Amador and first congress of the republic of
road Company and the Pacific Mail Steamship Company. Panama.
He has long been identified with the best political interests Le Pr6sident Amador et le premier congress de la R6puj
of the country, though never seeking office. More than lique de Panama.
thirty years previous, during a time of political discontent 3raifibent ~[lnaibor unb ber erite Skongreff bert epublif,
and unrest (1869), he had been elected President of Pan- }anama.
ama, but a revolution suddenly changed political condi- Presidente Amador y el primer Congreso de hr .p6hlica
tions on the Isthmus and he did not actually assume office. de Panamai.
This time the executive powers of government have been President Amador och republiken Panamas fdrsta
decisively placed in Iis able hands. congress.
The Constitution of the country calls t(r ihe election of IIpeau3eHT AMaAop'b a epB~ i Kourpeceb IIHasaMeKo
three Vice Presidents as well as the Chief Executive peeny6anKu.
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