Raúl Castro Confirmed as Secretary General of Communist Party
SAN JUAN – Raúl Castro was confirmed Tuesday as the first Secretary General of the Communist Party of Cuba during the closing ceremony of the party’s seventh congress in Havana.
“One doesn’t know what to do after being lauded so much…. I am only one more, just like you are,” Castro said after his election to continue at the helm of the party.
Castro obtained 991 votes, but reports from Havana did not specify whether his election was unanimous. There were 1,200 delegates and guests taking part of the last plenary session of the party’s congress, but only party delegates have the right to vote.
Reports do say all of the elected members of party’s central committee obtained more than 99.6 percent of the votes. There were no blank or null ballots.
Of the 17 elected members of the committee, four are women, five are black or mixed race, two preside grassroots organizations, five are vice presidents of the State Council, three are vice presidents of the Ministers Council, four are ministers, two vice ministers and four are military generals, including the secretary general and five new members.
Former secretary general and historic revolutionary leader Fidel Castro was also present during the closing ceremony of the congress.