(People's World) -- The revolution carries on. That’s the message out of Havana, where 57-year-old Miguel Díaz-Canel is expected to be elected president of Cuba by the National Assembly of People’s Power today, succeeding Raúl Castro, 86.
The 605-member National Assembly, Cuba’s legislature, met on Wednesday and received nominations from the National Candidacy Commission for the Council of State, with Díaz-Canel’s name the only one put forward for the position of president. Along with him are the first black Cuban nominated as first vice president, Salvador Valdés, as well as three women vice presidents. Voting for the Council of State and its officers is the final step in a long process of candidate nominations and elections that stretched back into last fall.
In some 907 local nomination meetings, citizens ended up putting forward a total of 12,000 possible names to the Candidacy Commission. The latter body—headed by the main trade union organization, the Cuban Workers’ Confederation (CTC), and made up of delegates from social organizations in the the women’s, students’ and other movements—then narrowed the list to a slate of 605 recommended National Assembly members. The slate, which reflects measures to ensure diversity of experience, knowledge, race, gender and more, was then returned to locally elected municipal assemblies for an up-or-down vote.
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