Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Raúl Re-elected as First Party Secretary
“I am just one more, like you,” Raúl said after the report announcing the new Central Committee and his reelection was presented by young delegate Emilia Neuri, today, April 19

Yudy Castro Morales | internet@granma.cu
Sheyla Delgado G. | informacion@granma.cu
April 19, 2016 13:04:51

With the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, and Army General Raúl Castro Ruz in attendance, the 7th Party Congress final session continues today, April 19, with 1,200 delegates and invitees participating.

Emilia Neuri, president of the leadership election commission, announced the results, after votes to elect a new Central Committee were counted.

Neuri reported that a total of 991 delegates voted, and 100% of the ballots were valid. She explained that the candidates received more than 99.6% of the votes, and were therefore all elected to the Central Committee.

Susely Morfa González, a young member of the newly elected body explained why she proposed reelecting Raúl as First Secretary, saying that it was a privilege to present the unanimous decision, which, she said, is proof that younger generations have confidence in the Revolution’s leadership, adding that Raúl always talks about Fidel, and maintains his own “clear and firm thinking, flexible and open to change.”

The Political Bureau membership and Secretariat were also announced, along with José Ramón Machado Ventura’s election to continue as Second Secretary.

Raúl addressed the composition of the Political Bureau, noting that its 17 members include a modest four women, five Black or mixed race members, two heads of mass organizations, five Council of State vice presidents, three Council of Ministers vice presidents, and four generals, including the First Secretary. Five new members were elected to this body.

Fidel & Raúl Vote for New Central Committee

Party First Secretary Raúl Castro Ruz deposited Fidel’s ballot, before voting himself, for a new Central Committee  

ACN | informacion@granma.cu
April 19, 2016 08:04:13

Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee deposited the ballot completed by the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, before voting himself for a new Central Committee, yesterday April 18.

“First I’m going to deposit that of the jefe and then mine", Raúl said, showing the press the envelope containing his brother Fidel’s vote.

Immediately thereafter, Raúl exercised his right to vote, adding, “Until the next Congress!”

Earlier in the day, the 993 delegates at the Congress approved the candidates nominated, and then cast a secret ballot to elect Committee members.

Scheduled for today, the final day of the 7th Congress, is the closing session and the announcement of the new Central Committee, Political Bureau, as well as the First and Second Party Secretaries.

Fidel and Raúl together at closing of 7th Party Congress

After three days of debate, the final day of the meeting of Cuban Communists includes the presentation of the Central Committee elected yesterday, April 18

Redacción Digital | internet@granma.cu
April 19, 2016 12:04:51

The closure of 7th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba began this morning, April 19, with the leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz and Army General Raúl Castro Ruz in attendance.

After three days of debate, the final day of the meeting of Cuban Communists includes the presentation of the Central Committee elected yesterday, as well as its Secretariat, the Political Bureau, in addition to the First and Second Secretaries, all of whom were elected by the new Central Committee during its first meeting this morning.

On the 55th anniversary of the victory at Playa Girón, delegates and invitees are concluding a gathering in which they debated projections for Party work and issues of vital importance to the country’s development.

Precisely because of their transcendence, two of the documents analyzed will be submitted for discussion by members of the Party, the Young Communists League, and representatives of mass organizations.

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