Struggle of Rival Factions
The overthrow of Victoriano Huerta could not bring peace to Mexico. After victory, the divisions that had all the while plagued the revolutionary forces now became clearly pronounced, with villistas and carranzistas each accusing the other of betraying the struggle. General Obregón, after installing Carranza in the presidential palace, went north to negotiate with Pancho Villa. The two revolutionary chieftains agreed that Carranza should serve only as provisional president until elections could be held. Carranza apparently agreed to this (for him) unwelcome plan, though he secretly was looking for some way to maintain power. He suggested holding a convention of rebel leaders in Mexico City — safely within his own sphere of influence — to discuss this all important question of the presidential succession.
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