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Cuba's President Raul Castro steps down today

Featured President Raúl Castro of Cuba, left, and Vice-President Miguel Díaz-Canel in 2013. Díaz-Canel is expected to take Castro’s place as Cuba’s next president this week. Photograph: Ismael Francisco/AP President Raúl Castro of Cuba, left, and Vice-President Miguel Díaz-Canel in 2013. Díaz-Canel is expected to take Castro’s place as Cuba’s next president this week. Photograph: Ismael Francisco/AP
Havana, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) 86 Year old Raul Castro will step down today, when the Cuban Parliament elects a new President and the other members of the Council of State at the 9th National Assembly Legislature which gets underway today in that nation's capital.

It is widely expected that Raúl Castro will be replaced by the current vice-president Miguel Díaz-Canel.

On the 11th of March, over 7,400,000 voters by way of secret and direct ballots, elected 605 lawmakers who will choose the members of the Council of State.

They will in turn, also by secret ballot, elect the President -who is Head of State and Government-, the First Vice President, five Vice Presidents, the Council's Secretary and the remaining 23 members of this body will come out.

The result of this vote will be made public tomorrow on the second and final day of the National Assembly's inaugural session.

After the swearing in ceremony on Wednesday, the MPs will first elect the Speaker of the one-chamber house, according to the 1976 Constitution.

The inauguration of the 9th Legislature coincides with the 57th anniversary of the US-backed and led Bay of Pig invasion that ended up in a crushing defeat in just 72 hours.

A well armed brigade of mercenaries landed on the Zapata Swamp, south of the western province of Matanzas, in the early hours of April 17, 1961.

Guided by the historical leader of the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro, the newly created people's militia and troops from the fledging Revolutionary Armed Forces defeated the invaders in Giron Beach in the afternoon of April 19, in less than 72 hours from the initial assault.

 

Yesterday, The People's Power National Assembly of Cuba (Parliament) called  for a Twitter campaign on April 18 and 19 on the inauguration of its 9th legislature, to share with the world what is going to happen during those days, when the leadership of that body and the members of the Council of State will be elected.

On its website, the Cuban National Assembly also called on Internet users to post the reasons why we will be the followers of our leaders' legacy.

The hashtags for the Twitter campaign will be #Wearecontinuity and #ForCuba, and as an alternative, it can be used #VictoryOfGiron and #WeMakeCuba.

The inauguration of the 9th Legislature of the People's Power National Assembly will take place in the context of 57th anniversary of the victory in Playa Giron over an armed counterrevolutionary brigade trained by the U.S. Government.

The handover will mark the end of an era where Cuba has been led by a Castro, since the 1959 revolution led by Raul's brother Fidel, which kicked Batista from power. 

Cuba without the Castros has been the holy grail for Florida-based Cuban exiles – and a policy vigorously pursued by a dozen successive US presidents.

 

Last modified onWednesday, 18 April 2018 08:32
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