Cubans Vote in the Country’s Parliamentary Elections

by Colonel on February 4, 2013

“The elected unicameral legislature will convene Feb. 24 and pick a new parliament chief for the first time in two decades, with the body’s longtime leader, Ricardo Alarcon, not on the ballot.

The body is also expected to rename Raul Castro … as president for another five years.

Voting began last October with municipal elections.

Term limits do not exist in Cuba, but on various occasions Castro has proposed limiting public officials including the president to two consecutive periods in office.

Authorities say the lack of multiple parties or political campaigning keeps corruption and special-interest money out of elections, and point to high turnout as proof that it’s a participatory system.

Parliamentary candidates don’t need to belong to the Communist Party, but those who don’t generally are members of allied organizations.

” — Copyright 2013 The Associated Press

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