22 | 04 | 2018

granmaOn the morning of April 19, a historic date on which not only is the first defeat of Yankee imperialism in the Americas commemorated, but Cuba also sees the inauguration of a new government that makes evident the continuity of the new generations with the legacy of the historic generation that founded the Cuban Revolution in the highest leadership positions of the country, compañero Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, offered his first speech as President of the Councils of State and of Ministers of Cuba.

cuba wappenVice President of Cuba, Diaz-Canel, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Cuba, replaces Raul Castro as President of the State Council.

According to Prensa Latina, the Cuban Parliament elected Miguel Diaz-Canel as president of the State Council for a term of five years, the National Electoral Commission announced here today. "From this moment on, you are the new President of the Council of State and of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba," Parliament Speaker Esteban Lazo told Diaz Canel an invited him to sit at the presiding chair of the National Assembly.

cuba wappenThe Cuban Parliament is electing Wednesday following the inauguration of the 9th Legislature the nation''s President and the other members of the Council of State.

The 605 lawmakers elected last March 11 by over 7,400,000 voters through secret and direct vote will choose among them the members of the Council of State.

From this vote, which will also be secret, 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.

Speech presented by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of stare and Ministers, during the VI Caricom-Cuba Summit. Antigua and Barbuda, December 8, 2017, Year 59 of the Revolution Council of State transcript / GI translation)

Honorable Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda;
Honorable Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada and president of the the Caribbean Community's Heads of Government Conference;
Honorable Prime Ministers and Presidents of Caricom member countries;
Your Excellency Ambassador Irwin Larocque, Caricom secretary general;
Your Excellency Didacus Jules, director general of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States;
Your Excellency June Soomer, secretary general of the Association of Caribbean States;

Distinguished heads of delegation, ministers, and special guests;

pcc cubaCuba yesterday highlighted the significance of the Great October Socialist Revolution, after a floral wreath-laying ceremony at Vladimir Ilyich Lenin’s Mausoleum and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in this capital.

In the world that we want and we will build, we must all remember that moment of the Revolution, stated José Ramón Balaguer, a member of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) Central Committee Secretariat and head of its International Relations Department.

wfdyFor once more the U.N. General Assembly, held yesterday on November 1, 2017, has voted a special Resolution for the lifting of the U.S. blockade on Cuba. The total number of 191 countries voted in favor of the Resolution, while only the United States of America and their puppet Israel were the only countries to vote against the resolution.

The blockade against Cuba is a policy, which has been imposed for over 50 years by the U.S.A. and constitutes a flagrant, massive, and systematic violation of the human rights of the Cuban people. This imperialist policy of blockade is an act of genocide, which intends to economically strangle the Cuban people and force their surrender. The human damage produced by the implementation of this policy is incalculable. It constitutes clearly an obstacle to Cuba's economic and social development.

Screenshot: TeleSurScreenshot: TeleSurThe U.N. General Assembly has voted 191 to 2 for the lifting of the U.S. blockade on Cuba as the United States and Israel were the only countries to vote against the resolution.

Delegate after delegate called for the end of the blockade, highlighting the progressive and positive role Cuba plays in the international community.

bloqueo cubaAlmost 60 years after its implementation, the United States blockade policy against the Cuban people is intensifying, in a context of heightened tensions impacting on the progress achieved by the two countries in the diplomatic sphere.

This is reflected in the Report to the United Nations General Assembly on Resolution 71/5 entitled “Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial, and Financial Blockade Imposed by the United States of America on Cuba,” which outlines the extensive damages suffered by the island.

Bruno Rodríguez. Photo: UN Photo/Cia PakMr. President:
Mr. Secretary General;

Allow me to reiterate to you Cuba's, support to your work at the helm of the United Nations and as a guarantor and advocate of international peace.

Heads of State and Government;
Distinguished delegates;

I would like to express my deep condolences to the relatives of the deceased and the victims of hurricanes Irma and Maria, as well as our disposition to increase our cooperation, to the extent of our modest possibilities, with the brother peoples and governments of Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda, small Caribbean islands which suffered a terrible devastation; with the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, Virgin Islands and Anguilla.

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