Esteban Lazo Re-elected Speaker of Cuban Parliament (+Photos)

Havana, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Esteban Lazo has been re-elected Wednesday as Speaker of the 9th Legislature of the Cuban Parliament that was inaugurated today.

Over 99 percent of the 605 lawmakers ratified Lazo by direct and secret voting after the National Candidacy Commission proposed him to continue in the post he assumed for the first time with inauguration of the 8th Legislature.

The incumbent Speaker is a member of the Political Bureau of the island's Communist Party, a legislator since 1981 and has presided over the legislative house during the 8th Legislature.

The National Assembly also ratified Ana Maria Mari Machado as Deputy Speaker and Miriam Brito as Secretary. Both were elected to those posts in the 8th Legislature.

Parliament is also electing the nation's President, the First Vice President, five Vice Presidents and the Council of State that is the hightest government body. They will be elected this Wednesday and the result will be made public tomorrow Thursday.

Of the 605 legislators who represent diverse sectors of society, 338 have been elected for the first time and 148 have served for one term.

More than half of the MPs are women (53.2 percent), black and colored people make up 40.5 percent of the house, while 13.2 percent is under 35 years, 86 percent is university graduate, 77 percent was born after the triumph of the Revolution in 1959 and as a whole the average age of the membership is 49 years.

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Raúl Castro Attends Inauguration of the Cuban Parliament

Havana, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Raul Castro is heading the inauguration session of the 9th Legislature of the National Assembly of the People's Power (Parliament) at Havana's Convention Center.

This day, the 605 lawmakers elected last March 11 by more than seven million Cubans are being sworn in for a period of five years, as established by the Cuban Constitution.

After the Assembly's inauguration, the legislators will choose by secret and direct vote to the Speaker of Parliament and the 31 members of the Council of State, including the President, the First Vice President and five Vice Presidents. The inauguration of the Ninth Legislature of the National Assembly takes place in the context of the 57th anniversary of the Cuban victory in Bay Pigs over a US-backed and led mercenary force.

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New Cuban Parliament will take office on April 19, 2018

Because of the exceptional situation caused by Hurricane Irma, the Cuban Parliament unanimously approved to extend the current period of the VIII Legislature that had to cease its functions on February 24, and the new deputies will take office on April 19, 2018.

At the proposal of the Council of State, the National Assembly of People's Power decided that by virtue of the devastation caused in Cuba by Hurricane Irma and that is established in the Constitution of the Republic, the current Legislature should be extended for two months.

Article 72 stipulates a five-year term for Parliament that "may only be extended by agreement of the Assembly itself in case of war or under other exceptional circumstances that prevent the normal holding of elections and while such circumstances remain."

Deputy Homero Acosta Álvarez, secretary of the Council of State, read the agreement of that entity that assessed the serious effects of the hurricane in the nation and that at the time it was necessary to extend the dates of the first stage of the elections, to extend until March 25 the validity of the current provincial assemblies of Popular Power and for April 19, that of the National.

In the new approved dates the President, Vice President and Secretary of the provincial and National assemblies will be elected, as well as the new members of the Council of State and its presidency.

José Luis Toledo Santander, president of the Parliament's Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee, pointed out that the proposal of the Council of State is covered by articles 72 and 111 of the Constitution of the Republic.

The severe effects of Hurricane Irma caused an exceptionality that is reflected in the Magna Carta, he said.

Toledo Santander pointed out that the reasons given become the basis for the need to extend the term of office of the VIII Legislature to complete the schedule drawn up by the National Electoral Commission, without affecting the quality of the process.

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Raul Castro Chairs Parliament Plenary Session

Cuba President Raul Castro presides over today the Ninth Ordinary Session of the Eighth Legislature of the Parliament, which is focused on the analysis of the full progress of the country by reviewing the summary of the main issues so far discussed.

Since last Monday Cuba parliamentarians gathered in working commissions to discuss on issues such as the computerization of the society, the potentialities of the tourist industry, and examined some experiences of cooperativism in Cuba, among others.

According to reports, they assessed that the food industry is undergoing a gradual recovery, which prioritizes the dairy and meat industries, given the financial, material and human impossibility of making progress in all areas.

The parliamentarians also discussed the housing situation in the country, a pressing issue for which the government proposes to strengthen the strategy for its expansion.

They also analyzed the behavior of the tourist sector in the first half of the year and its profile for 2018, as well as assessed the experiences of non-agricultural cooperatives.

Lawmakers also reiterated their solidarity with the Venezuelan revolutionary process, people and government, at a time when internal and external sectors are trying to destroy it.

The new policy of computerization of the society, was the focus yesterday of discussion by the legislators, who learned the plans of the sector by Cuban Communications Minister, Maimir Mesa.

Mesa said this project is called to become a weapon for the defense of the Revolution, according to its general principles.

It will also ensure the nation’s cyber-security in the face of threats, risks and attacks of all kinds, and ensure sustainability and technological sovereignty.

Another of its pillars is to promote the citizens’ access to the use of new Information and Telecommunication technologies, as well as to develop and modernize all spheres of the society, according to priorities.

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Cuban Parliament to Hold Ordinary Session

The National Assembly of People''s Power of Cuba (Parliament) will celebrate today in the capital''s Palacio de Convenciones the Eighth Regular Session of its Eighth Legislature.

When launching the call, on December 7th, the president of the legislative entity, Esteban Lazo, said that the call was also addressed to state bodies and agencies.

This year, the National Assembly of People's Power has four decades as the highest instance of a system of government that incorporates the Cuban population to state leadership.

This forum is composed of deputies elected by the free, direct and secret vote of electors, in proportion and according to the procedure determined by law.

Since its generalization to the entire country, after experiments of establishment and operation between the years 1974 and 1975 in the western province of Matanzas, this entity has emphasized the popular protagonism in the decision making process.

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