HAVANA TIMES — The Communist Party of Cuba, the only party allowed in the country, replaced on Monday five members of its 100+ member Central Committee, during a plenary session held in the capital, reported Granma newspaper.
Among those removed was Ricardo Alarcon, 76, the head of the Cuban parliament for two decades until he was replaced last February by veteran politician Esteban Lazo. Alarcon also previously held the posts of Cuban ambassador to the UN and Cuba’s ambassador to Washington.
Alarcon has also been the leading campaigner for the release of the Cuban Five. It was not mentioned if he would remain in that capacity.
Others removed from the Central Committee were Jose Miguel Miyar, former Minister of CITMA, Misael Enamorado, former member of the Communist Party Secretariat; Orlando Lugo, former president of the National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP), and Liudmila Alamo, ex-secretary of the Young Communist League (UJC).
Replacing the members who got the boot are the first secretaries of the provincial committees of the PCC of Ciego de Avila province, Mayabeque, Villa Clara, Pinar del Rio, Matanzas, Las Tunas, and Artemis.
Also included on the Central Committee were Yuniasky Crespo, secretary of the UJC, Felix Gonzalez, president of ANAP, Carlos Rafael Miranda, national coordinator of the CDR, and Rogelio Polanco, ambassador to Venezuela.