Cuban People Defend their Sovereignty in Elections, Says Diaz-Canel

First Cuban Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel said today that by exercising the right to vote, the people defend their sovereignty in view of the threats posed against the Revolution in a complex world situation.

After voting at a polling place in Santa Clara, Diaz-Canel reiterated that the elections are held in a context of damaged ties with the United States as a result of an administration that has offended Cuba and has returned to the rhetoric of the Cold War.

Diaz-Canel, candidate for the National Assembly of People's Power (Parliament), referred to the tightened U.S. policy towards Cuba after President Donald Trump took office, while deploring the U.S. Government's decision to go back to the Monroe Doctrine approach.

'With our vote we show that this country continues to be independent, free, sovereign and socialist,' he said after greeting voters, students and members of the electoral process.

Diaz-Canel also said that exercising the right to vote represents a commitment to the historic generation that shaped the Revolution and a tribute to historic leader Fidel Castro, as well as a support for President Raul Castro.

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Palestinian special envoy in Cuba to bolster ties

Sabri Saidam, special envoy of the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, was in Cuba to meet with top government officials, state daily Granma said on Wednesday.

Saidam took a message from Abbas to Cuba's President Raul Castro, the daily said.

Saidam, who is also a member of the Palestinian Central Committee of Fatah and Palestinian Minister of Education, met Tuesday night with Cuban First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel to express his country's appreciation for Cuba's unwavering support for the Palestinian cause in international forums.

Diaz-Canel ratified "Cuba's unconditional support for the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to constitute their state, with the pre-1967 borders, and capital in East Jerusalem," said the report.

The Cuban vice president also confirmed Havana's rejection of the U.S.' unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Saidam is taking part in the international congress University 2018, which is being hosted by Havana through Friday and attended by 2,500 academics and specialists from around 60 countries.

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Mass rally in Cuba marks ‘Che’ Guevara’s 50th death anniversary

The Latin American revolutionary was shot dead by CIA-trained troops in a remote village in Bolivia on October 9, 1967.

More than 60,000 people took to the streets gathered to commemorate the 50th death anniversary of Latin American revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara.

Cuban President Raul Castro was present at a mass rally on Sunday at the Che Guevara Mausoleum in the town of Santa Clara, 300 km east of Havana, reports Xinhua news agency.

The rally capped a week of tributes to the guerrilla fighter that helped overthrow Cuba’s dictatorship and bring Fidel Castro to power, before he was ambushed and killed in Bolivia on October 9, 1967.

On the ground floor of the memorial, a cavern-like enclosure holds the remains of Guevara and 30 of his comrades fallen in Bolivia. An eternal flame, lit by then President Fidel Castro, pays homage to the fighters.

On Sunday, Raul Castro and other Communist Party leaders paid tribute to Guevara and his guerrilla partners inside the memorial.

Cuban First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel said:” Che is not dead, as his enemies wanted. His figure grows larger as time passes and younger generations recognize his revolutionary paradigm.”

Guevara is now a “universal symbol” and inspiration in the struggle for the liberation of different nations “oppressed by imperialism”, said Diaz-Canel.

“He had a very original way of facing life, and his comrades knew how to appreciate his simplicity, sincerity, naturalness, companionship, stoicism, reckless disposition to always face the most difficult situation.”

His altruism and conscious revolutionary spirit have become an ideal to follow, said Diaz-Canel.

In Bolivia, President Evo Morales, accompanied by his cabinet and other leading figures, completed a 2-km pilgrimage to La Higuera, where Guevara was killed by CIA-backed mercenaries.

Born in the Argentine city of Rosario in 1928 and trained as a doctor, Guevara joined Fidel Castro’s insurgency in 1956 to overthrow Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, and played a leading role in the rebel victory.

With Cuba under new leadership, he left the country to continue his struggle against oppression, first to Congo and then to Bolivia, where he was ambushed and killed by mercenaries.

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Nicaragua Celebrates 38th Anniv of Sandinista Popular Revolution

Nicaragua is commemorating today the 38th anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista Popular Revolution, a feat that ended in 1979 several decades of dictatorship and opened a stage of transcendental changes in the country.

Decorated with the red-and-black flags of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) and the blue and white colors of the national flag, the esplanade of the Plaza de la Fe is ready to welcome hundreds of thousands of Nicaraguans and figures from around the world who will accompany President Daniel Ortega and Deputy Minister, Rosario Murillo.

Bolivia's President, Evo Morales, El Salvador's Salvador Sanchez Ceren, and Cuban First Vice-President, Miguel Díaz-Canel, are already in the country to take part in the celebrations.

Representations of social movements and left-wing political parties in Latin America and the Caribbean, which participated in the recent 23rd meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum, are also on the list.

The FSLN ended on July 19, 1979, the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza Debayle, the latter of the family in power, and undertook since then a series of profound changes to benefit the majority.

After the devastating effects of an economic siege and the war financed and organized by the United States, the FSLN lost the 1990 elections in front of a coalition that brought together all political opposition forces.

About 17 years later, through ballot, the FSLN returned to the government to begin a second stage that shows substantial changes in all orders, applauded and recognized by many countries and international organizations.

Nicaragua has solid indicators today in several fields and is considered one of the most stable and safe nations in the world, while it is in a position to emerge as one of the major economies in the region.

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