Cuban VP Bets on Continuity of the Socialist System

Miguel Diaz Canel, considered the Communist Party favorite to take over as president of Cuba in February 2018, sees the same socialist system continuing in the future.

HAVANA TIMES – The Cuban first vice president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, said today that continuity of the island’s socialist system will take place in 2018 when a new president is chosen, reports dpa news.

“I do not conceive any ruptures in our country, I believe that first of all there has to be continuity”, said Diaz-Canel after voting today in the local delegate elections.

“There will be presidents in Cuba always defending the Revolution and they will be comrades who who come from the people will choose them,” said Diaz-Canel when asked by the media if he will be the future Cuban president.

The current president, Raul Castro, announced that he will not accept reelection next year and, although there is no official successor, it is foreseeable that the Communist Party organs will select Diaz-Canel to be the president’s replacement.

More than eight million Cubans were eligible to vote today to elect neighborhood representatives. Some of them will also subsequently be members of the municipal councils and then candidates for deputies to the national parliament in elections for which there is no date yet.

The local elections mark the beginning of a process that will culminate in February 2018 with the election of a new National Assembly, which must ratify the new president of Cuba.

“Today we are making a vote for the Revolution, the homeland and socialism,” Diaz-Canel told the media after voting.

According to the Cuban vice president, today’s vote “will send a message to those who want to see us change or impose conditions that this is a people that is not going to break, that long ago defended its sovereignty and independence.”

The process to replace Raul Castro comes at a time when there are strong tensions between Cuba and the United States under Donald Trump.

Castro is expected to remain as the head of the Communist Party, the main source of power and decision-making in the country.

Relations with the United States “do not depend on us, it depends on them, it depends on the attitude they assume,” said the Cuban vice president.

Diaz-Canel affirmed that Trump “has intensified the blockade and has slowed down the advanced path” during the presidency of Barack Obama.


40 thoughts on “Cuban VP Bets on Continuity of the Socialist System

  • Would love to be at a late night bar with Kennedy and Carlyle- Love reading your posts and comments- Feliz Navidad guys and Havana Times writers and Circles!

  • My opinion Gerard regarding the relationship between Guevara and Fidel Castro is that Castro was delighted when Guevara wrote to him on April 1 (appropriately All Fool’s Day) 1965 resigning his Cuban citizenship and all Government positions and going off the Congo Brazzaville by April 21 under the alias of ‘Ramon Benitez’. That when in October Guevara wrote to Castro expressing his frustration with the Congolese whose actions Guevara described as “organised chaos”, Castro was alarmed that he might endeavor to return to Cuba and become a rival. So Guevara left Congo on November 21 for Dar-es-Salaam and Prague. Cuban Intelligence then supplied him with finance and false identity papers to enable him to fly
    via Montevideo to La Paz in Bolivia as Adolfo Mena Gonzalez a Uruguayan working for the Organization of American States. The beard was gone, and his hair dyed grey. So by providing funding and false identity papers, Castro certainly contributed to the cause of Guevara’s demise.
    As I wrote recently in these pages, both Castro and Guevara were motivated by deep hate, but you will have noted that led by Nick, the usual bunch of sycophants attacked my views and sprang to the defense of their heroes.
    You are so correct in saying that for those of us who believe in freedom and individuality in the human spirit, support for the oppressors “beggars belief”.

  • Whilst you two men with obvious differing views/opinions of the late Fidel Castro and possibly Che Guevara discuss the merits of Fidels womanising . I would like to ask MrKennedy Earle Clarke how can he justify that by the end of 1959, a conservative estimate of five hundred Cubans who opposed Fidel’s leftists ways were executed in Havana under the direction of one Che Guevara, in Santiargo de Cuba under Raul Castro , and throughout the island under other appointed executioners .This was only the beginning. By 1963 Fidel’s government had executed yes executed 7,720 souls:2,975 without trials and 4,245 with only mock trials. The number of deaths and disappearances continued each week , each month, and each year. Fidel as well as Che Guavara were two evil and murderous men who simply just had a lust for power and removing anyone who got in their way, and we know just how Che was very popular, so much so that Fidel i believe was part of his downfall and ultimate execution/murder. How anyone can support and idolise either of these two gangsters/murderers beggars belief. And still the Cuban people are being surpressed and denied the right to a free vote!

  • Musical chairs. At least this way they can claim a “result.”

  • I have been mulling in my mind how to describe Diaz-Canel when he becomes President, but with Raul retaining being Secretary General of the Communist Party of Cuba and Head of the military.
    ‘Sub-Dictator’?
    ‘Party Side-kick’?
    ‘Follow My Leader’?
    ‘Paid Party Intern”?

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