Cuban president receives credentials of new ambassadors

President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel, accompanied by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, received this Friday the credentials of new ambassadors to the island.

Ambassadors Perry John Calderwood (Canada), Heidrun Tempel, (Federal Republic of Germany), Ariana Campero Nava (Plurinational State of Bolivia), and Alain Thierry Jean Baptiste Ouattara (Burkina Faso) attended the solemn ceremony.

Likewise, Harisoa Lalatiana Accouche (Seychelles), Evelyn Patricia Sanchez Granados (Costa Rica), Tomas Wiklund (Kingdom of Sweden), and Miguel Ignacio Diaz Reynoso (United Mexican States) were accredited. 
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Putin highlights importance of strengthening strategic partnership with Cuba

Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Miguel Diaz-Canel on his election as President of the Republic of Cuba.

"We attach great importance to strengthening relations of strategic partnership with Cuba. I am confident that your upcoming visit to Russia will help to further expand mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation in various fields," the head of state stressed in his message of congratulations posted on the Kremlin’s website on Friday.

Putin also noted that the National Assembly’s decision testifies to Diaz-Canel’s high political reputation and recognition of his achievements in tackling issues related to the country’s socio-economic development.

He wished the Cuban president every success in his work as the head of state as well as good health and well-being.

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Cuban parliament set to elect president

Cuba's National Assembly of People's Power (Parliament, ANPP), the supreme body of the Cuban State, will see the election of the country's senior officials in a session opening on Thursday, including the President and Vice President of the Republic.

ANPP members will also elect the president, vice president and secretary of the legislative body, who will assume equal responsibilities in the Council of State, whose members will also be elected tomorrow.

The Council of State represents the ANPP between parliamentary sessions, it executes its agreements and complies with other functions attributed according to the Constitution and law.

According to Cuba's new Constitution approved in April of this year, the ANPP 'represents the entire people and expresses their sovereign will.' It is also the only body in the Republic of Cuba with constitutional and legislative power.

The Constitution provides that the ANPP is composed of lawmakers elected through the free, equal, direct and secret vote of the electorate, in proportion and according to the procedure determined by law.

The National Assembly of People's Power is elected for a five-year period and this term may only be extended by a majority vote of no less than two thirds of its members.

This can occur only in exceptional circumstances that prevent the normal holding of elections and as long as such circumstances persist.

The ANPP has the responsibility to agree on reforms to the Constitution, approve, modify or repeal laws, and submit them previously to popular consultation when necessary.

It exercises constitutional control over laws, decree-laws, presidential decrees and other general provisions.

It approves the principles of the economic and social development system; discusses and approves the State budget and monitors compliance.

Among its responsibilities is to approve the monetary, financial and fiscal systems; establish, modify or eliminate taxes, and approve the general guidelines of the country's foreign and domestic policy.

It also assesses and adopts decisions on accountability reports presented to the Council of State, the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, the Council of Ministers, the People's Supreme Court, the Attorney General's Office and the Comptroller General of the Republic.

Agencies of the Central State Administration also render accounts to the ANNP, as well as provincial governments.

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Cuban President wishes Success to his Panamanian Counterpart

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel sent a greeting and wishes of success to his Panamanian counterpart Laurentino Cortizo, through the mediation of Vice President Gladys Bejerano, who concluded his visit to this country today.

Similarly, the controller also, during the inauguration made yesterday, conveyed to the new president the willingness of Cuba to 'continue and strengthen relations with Panama,' he told Prensa Latina and added that such links can be in the political, economic fields. And social.

In a dialogue with Panamanians in solidarity with the island, he explained that his country has been working on expanding and updating the Foreign Investment Law, based on the experiences of the nation and the updating of its economic model, that this code makes viable and viable. develop foreign investments.

He assured the willingness of the country to have an orderly development in this regard, aimed primarily at things that benefit the country, and of course, the foreign partner also, said Bejerano in his last official activity in Isthmus lands, where he arrived last Saturday.

'Cuba needs to expand foreign investment,' he said and assured that the nation is willing to do so, for which all conditions have been created.

Carlos Aguilar, recently appointed director of the National Institute of Art and Culture (INAC), was present at the meeting and recalled that he is a creator trained at the International Film and Television School (Eictv) of San Antonio de los Baños, near the Cuban capital.

'I am a product of Cuban and Panamanian education also logically,' he said, recalling that while enjoying a scholarship from the government of the island, there was an invasion of the United States to his country, and 'I lived what solidarity is from Cuba to Panama. '

Speaking from his new responsibility at the INAC, which will soon be raised to the category of Ministry of Culture, he expressed his desire to rescue the fruitful exchange with Cuba in the training of artistic creators that took place during the seventies, promoted by the General Omar Torrijos

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Cuban President Highlights Meeting with Pastors for Peace

The President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, today described as event of love, peace and solidarity, his meeting with members of the 30th Caravan Pastors for Peace.

A meeting between brothers, a fact of love, peace and solidarity, he wrote on his Twitter account @DiazCanelB.

The day before, Díaz-Canel received the caravanists from the United States, Canada and Mexico, headed by Gail Walker, daughter of the Reverend Lucius Walker, (1930-2010).

During the meeting, the Head of State expressed the gratitude of Cubans for the work of solidarity carried out by the Pastors for Peace.

For their part, visitors expressed their willingness to continue organizing their caravans of love and friendship in support to the largest of the Antilles.

The trip of the Pastors takes place in the middle of the worsening of the blockade by the Donald Trump administration on the largest of the Antilles, with the activation of Title III of the Helms Burton Act.

Recently, the executive director of the Interreligious Foundation for the Community Organization IFCO-Pastors for Peace, Gail Walker, called to continue actions for the cessation of the economic, commercial and financial siege of Washington against Havana.

The Pastors for Peace caravan travels to Cuba since 1992.

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Cuba: The President’s 500 Tweets

Since last October 10th the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, began in Twitter, his tweets have already reached more than 500. Number 500 was posted this Wednesday on March 20th, at 7:41 a.m.

The piece of news is not just simple math, but the consolidation, through that media of thousand of messages, of the new type of communication in the Cuban political environment that the Cuban president has started in the Island.

The President’s 500 tweet

Although the topics in the tweets have been dissimilar, all are characterized by the same super objective explicit on the hashtag #SomosCuba, #SomosContinuidad and #FidelCastro.

Hence, from the systematicity, the transparency and commitment, the presidential agenda is on the hand of all residents and anyone interested worldwide.

Next to the Cuban flag and the royal palm as symbols he intentionally repeats, the President has made of his micro blogging a unique engine that drives leaders and institutions to join this contemporary way of doing which are a way to stay in touch with the people they respond to.

With every tweet, Díaz-Canel ratifies his respect to the citizenship that voted for him, his commitment to democracy and to “man's full dignity” validated in the Constitution by which he voted among the first ones.

His exhortations and arguments in favor of the new Constitution put the #YoVotoSí in Twitter.

What does the President talks about?

The order here below does not sets priorities, the Cuban President has talked about his journeys through the country and the contact with the people, about meetings held at the Council of Ministers, about science, computerization, History, about the Cuban economy and associated to it the Blockade, the commerce, the innovation, the production and efficiency, as well as imports and exports.

His tweets have also touched health, education, culture, family, students, youth in general and the Cuban woman.

There have also been present topics like Havana and its 500 years, the disaster and recovery soon after passing of the tornado, the press, the laws, the new constitution and especially, about Fidel Castro as example and guide next to Raúl.

He has also approached in his topics the foreign affairs, particularly the United States actions regarding Cuba and Latin America. In this topic of foreign affairs, the message on January 23rd, at 6:52 p.m., on the support of Cuba to Venezuela, he received the largest amount of “Likes” among all tweets, as indicate index engines for that social network.

Indexes also revealed that January was in fact the month in which the President was more active in Twitter, with 99 messages.

The so-called online government, the electronic government, and specifically the contact with leaders at the bottom, those who work in municipalities and provinces, have been rules in the President’s mandate and have equally feedback in his Tweeter profile.

Another of the peculiarities that distinguishes his tweets, marked by their reach, passion, feeling and strength, it’s how many of them highlight the worth of Cubans, their self-esteem and feeling of belonging.

When the president congratulates one specific Cuban, either a famous personality or somebody little known, when he equally stimulates with one of his messages to a group of workers or an entire sector like that of lawyers or the written press, he is also motivating the will of improvement every day.

Praising in those people or groups features like dignity, decency, human solidarity, the selflessness, the working spirit and the commitment to Homeland, he is implicitly setting examples to follow, stressing the “Yes we can” of Raúl, ratifying that #VamosPorMás.(#WeWantMore)

Cuban President Pays Tribute to Karl Marx in London

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel paid tribute to Karl Marx today at the London cemetery in Highgate where the remains of the German philosopher rest.

The president of the island, who makes a transit visit to the United Kingdom after an international tour, visited on Wednesday the grave of one of the fathers of scientific socialism, considered one of the great thinkers of history, in the famed cemetery of the British capital.

Before his headstone, a pedestal of two meters high in the shape of a cube that holds an effigy of the philosopher who revolutionized the world, the Cuban head of state deposited a bouquet of flowers in the name of the Cuban people.

'We pay tribute to one of the great thinkers of humanity, Karl Marx, before his grave in the Highgate cemetery, in the year of the bicentennial of his birth and the 135th anniversary of his physical disappearance', the dignitary wrote in his account of the social network Twitter.

The members of the delegation accompanying the president of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba also placed flowers before the slab of one who is also seen as one of the fathers of scientific socialism, Marxism and historical materialism.

The headstone of Marx has inscribed a recorded message: 'Proletarians of all countries, unite', present in the last line of the Communist Manifesto, one of his best known works and written with his close friend Friedrich Engels.

Also it appears the phrase of the Thesis XI on Feuerbach (edited by Engels): The philosophers have only interpreted the world of different ways, but of what treats is to transform it.

Marx and Engels laid the foundations of scientific socialism and Marxism through the examination of history and its transformation.

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Cuban President Receives PM of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

The President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, received in Havana today the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves.

After the Protocolary Ceremony at the Palace of the Revolution, the two leaders held official talks.

Previously, Gonsalves, accompanied by the Cuba Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rogelio Sierra, honored the National Hero of Cuba, Jose Marti, at the base of the monument which bears his name.

The Prime Minister has visited Cuba several times, within the framework of good relations between the two member countries of the integrationist bloc Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America.

Gosalves became political leader of the Unity Labor Party on December 6, 1994.

He has been Prime Minister since 2001 and has been consecutively re-elected in the general elections of 2005, 2010 and 2015.

Comrade Ralph, as he is also known, has researched, written and published on the Caribbean, Africa, trade unionism, comparative political economy and general development issues.

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