Raul Castro and Machado Ventura to Lead Cuban Communists for Five More Years

Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, 85 and Raul Castro, 84, were confirmed to lead the Communist Party of Cuba for five more years.  Photo: Ismael Francisco/cubadebate.cu
Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, 85 and Raul Castro, 84, were confirmed to lead the Communist Party of Cuba for five more years. Photo: Ismael Francisco/cubadebate.cu

HAVANA TIMES — The Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) confirmed today Raul Castro as the top leader of the only political party permitted on the island, reported dpa.

With the announcement, Raul, 84, retains all his titles as general, president of the Councils of State and Ministers, and First Secretary of the Party.

Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, 85, was once again confirmed as the second secretary of the PCC by the 7th Congress which closes on Tuesday.  There had been speculation of a possible change for the post of Machado but instead he was confirmed for another five years until the next Congress when he will be 90.

Former President Fidel Castro, 89, attended the closing day of the closed door event at the Palace of Conventions in Havana. Although he is retired from power, the former president has great political influence on the island.

The PCC Congress concludes today after four days of meetings. As expected, the 1000 delegates unanimously supported the current political line of the Castro government.


21 thoughts on “Raul Castro and Machado Ventura to Lead Cuban Communists for Five More Years

  • April 25, 2016 at 5:34 pm
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    I like his hair.

  • April 25, 2016 at 5:31 pm
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    Fidel Castro? God-complex. Imagine that?

  • April 25, 2016 at 8:25 am
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    Various reports list the number of people who survived the arrival and subsequent gun fight at between 8 and 20. Eventually, the standard number was given as 12, which corresponds to the number of Christ’s disciples.

  • April 23, 2016 at 8:12 am
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    Do you think about what you write BEFORE you write it? Are you suggesting that the best eyes to be kept “on the ball” belong to these decrepit old men. Really?

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