Elections in Cuba pave the way for Castro's abdication
22:20 - 26/11/2017
Information / Baghdad ..
Cubans on Sunday began electing their municipal councilors, a first step in a series of elections that will lead to the appointment of a successor to incumbent President Raul Castro next year.
The opposition has not submitted candidates this year, and a number of opponents denounced the "pressure and dodgy" exercised by the authorities to remove its supporters from the neighborhood councils, and only three opposition organizations participated while the rest chose to boycott the elections.
The Communist Party of Cuba is not officially nominated, but it oversees the entire process through its influence and the voices of its activists, ensuring that no opposition will be named or elected. However, in the municipal elections of 2015, the opposition succeeded in getting two of its candidates in a move that was the first of its kind in decades. Defeat.
The elections, which will take place in the second session in early December, after the first anniversary of the death of Fidel Castro.
The voting was postponed for a month after Hurricane Irma, which killed 10 people and caused extensive damage in September.
Other elections, early next year, will be held to select the nearly 600 members of the National Assembly, who will elect the State Council, which will likely appoint the president at the end of February 2018.
Raul Castro, 86, the president since 2008 after taking office for two years, announced that he would not run for a new term and would leave his position to a new generation president.