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Posted November 22, 2007 by publisher in Castro's Cuba

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Havana on Wednesday announced that a list of electoral candidates will be adopted on December 2, when Cubans should learn whether their ailing leader Fidel Castro will run for the national assembly mandate he needs if he wants to remain president.

Recently elected municipal representatives will meet on that date to nominate the candidates to the provincial and national assemblies, according to a statement read on state-run television.

The 614 deputies chosen in the January 20 elections will pick from among their midst the 31 members of the council of state, whose president is the Caribbean island’s head of state.

Castro, 81, has led the council and Cuba for almost five decades but “provisionally” handed over power to his younger brother and longtime number two Raul, 76, after undergoing intestinal surgery in July 2006.

It is unclear whether the veteran revolutionary leader, who is convalescing in seclusion, will be a candidate.

He has traditionally been proposed as a parliamentary candidate by the city of Santiago de Cuba, considered the cradle of the Cuban revolution.

Cuba-watchers say it is possible he might be elected deputy but not run for re-election to the Council of State.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on November 23, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Here is the original article from Granma titled Nominations of candidates for Provincial Assemblies and deputies to the National Assembly.



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  2. Follow up post #2 added on November 23, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Here’s a small news story about Chavez meeting with Raul AND Fidel. A very rare meeting. Maybe they invited Chavez to stop by so they can tell him that Fidel won’t be running and talk strategy and propaganda for December 3?

    (ACN): Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez made a brief visit to Cuba on Wednesday (November 21). Chavez met with Cuban President Fidel Castro and First Vice President Raul Castro before departing for Venezuela on Wednesday afternoon.

    Chavez made a stop-over in Havana after concluding a successful international tour that took him to Saudi Arabia, where he attended the Summit of Heads of State of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Iran, France and Portugal.

    During the meeting in Havana, the three leaders held talks on the results of the tour taken by Chavez and on the advancement of different joint projects currently being undertaken by Venezuela and Cuba.



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  3. Follow up post #3 added on December 01, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Here’s the most recent story about December 2:

    Castro’s path back to power to be decided
    (AFP)

    Cuba is expected to make moves on Sunday that will either pave the way for ailing leader Fidel Castro’s return to power or make way for him to leave the presidency for good.

    The veteran revolutionary leader must become a National Assembly candidate if he wants to remain president, and recently elected municipal representatives will meet December 2 to nominate candidates to both the provincial and national assemblies.

    Then, 614 deputies chosen in January 20 elections will pick from among their midst the 31 members of the Council of State, whose president is the head of state of the Americas’ only one-party communist-ruled state.

    Castro has traditionally been proposed as a parliamentary candidate by the city of Santiago de Cuba, Cuba’s second city in the east which is considered the cradle of the Cuban revolution.

    Cuba-watchers say it is possible he might be elected deputy, but then not run for re-election to the Council of State.

    Still, if he is not nominated Sunday, that could clear the way for Raul Castro to take over Cuba’s presidency indefinitely.

    Or, Cuba could move to a sort of generational hand-off of power by picking another regime heavyweight for the top job.



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