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Voting extended in Cuba’s parliamentary poll

OVER six million Cubans took part in elections on Sunday for 605 deputies to the National Parliament and 1,265 delegates to the 15 Provincial Assemblies of the National Assembly of People’s Power.

Telesur Cuba correspondent Laura Prada reported that the National Election Council had to extend voting hours for an hour to accommodate the electorate.

She said that 30,000 newly registered young voters had used their ballot for the first time.

The National Parliament will choose the 31-member Council of State — the country’s government — on April 19, the head of which will be president.

Current vice-president Miguel Diaz-Canel is expected to be confirmed as president, succeeding Raul Castro, who should retain his leadership position in the Communist Party.

President Castro, now 86, is one of the successful National Parliament candidates, along with vice-presidents Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, 87, and Ramiro Valdes, 85.


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