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Cuba celebrates non-opposition elections to launch a continual transition

The regime's dome sends a message of unity one day after commemorating the first anniversary of Fidel Castro's death

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One day after commemorating first anniversary of Fidel Castro's death and with withdrawal of Raúl Castro's presidency scheduled for February, Cuba celebrated its municipal elections this Sunday with a message of unity from regime's dome. The supposed dolphin of general and possible next president, Vice-President Miguel Díaz-Canel, of 57 years and representative of generation of mandates born after Revolution of 1959, opted for "continuity" of system and settled: "I do not conceive ruptures".

Díaz-Canel, in statements to media, dodged question about his expected ascent to presidency and merely reiterated firmness of status quo: "There will be presidents in Cuba always defending revolution and will be companions who come out of village, elect m " People. "

The vice-president, former Minister of education, is a man with a reputation as a technocrat and a reformist, but this year, approaching his predictable step in command, has shown a more doctrinal facet. In a video leaked in summer he was seen in a meeting with militants of Communist Party charging against opponents, independent media and partisans of promotion of private company. His words seemed to be taken from Fidel Castro's old oratory backpack and, releasing moorings with his fame of opening, he was uncompromising to those who advocate a reform of system from left positions: "An opposition that does not directly confront The revolution, "he warned," uses a social-democratic discourse and is not identified as counter-revolutionary people. ""

Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel, in an electoral college this Sunday. and LAGE AFP

If in 2015 and in first quarter of 2016, after thaw between Cuba and USA and with conciliatory visits of Pope Francis and Barack Obama, flourished a liberalizing branch inside apparatus, backed by ideas of Raúl Castro in favor of a unipartisan system PE Ro to give space to market and relax social and ideological vigilance, since middle of last year re has been a step backwards to a conservatism of Fidelist imprint, which would explain hardening on march of profile of Díaz-Canel.

The Giro inward of regime marked election day, in which y were called to vote more than eight million Cubans to elect municipal delegates of Popular power — councillors —, among whom will be in coming months candidates for deputies to National Assembly — unicameral Parliament. The municipal authorities open an electoral process in which a Parliament will be formed, ratifying on 24 February 2018 new President of Republic on a proposal from Council of State.

Or candidates Cuban opposition Rosa María Payá, in Havana this Sunday. Mastrascusa EFE

In whole process, participation of alternative parties to communist, established as a single political force by constitutional mandate, is not allowed. Dissident groups have denounced that government has repressed independent candidacies to municipal delegates, allowed on role in electoral law. The platform Otro18 tried to present 182 candidates, but did not make it with any. "The Government had to massively and flagrantly violate its own legal scaffold to prevail," said Manuel Cuesta Morua, promoter of initiative.

Thus, first step of transition to Poscastrismo has been more Castro. The situation has favoured this retreat. Donald Trump's victory in America with his heavy-handed policy toward regime and tremendous crisis of main ally and financial supporter of Havana, Nicolás Maduro's Venezuela, have revived mentality of plaza besieged, of geopolitical trench , own of Fidel's time. "Today we are making a vow for revolution," Farland and socialism, "said Díaz-Canel, who interpreted election day as" a message to those who want to change "to Cuba," a people who will not be overwhelmed, "he added," Who long ago defended his Sovereignty and independence. "

Cuban Chancellor Bruno Rodriguez, a government heavyweight, also highlighted Castro's "legacy" in election and concluded: "I wish Americans could enjoy a election process like ours." As of February a new political period will open in Cuba less predictable than it was until now.

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