Thursday, 21 April 2011

New Politburo presented in closing session of sixth Congress of Cuba’s PCC

Source: Cuban News Agency (ACN), 19 April 2011.

The new Politburo of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) was presented during the final session of the Sixth Congress of this political organization that concluded on Tuesday morning at Havana’s Convention Center.

The Politburo — whose number of members was reduced from 24 to only 15 — is headed by the PCC’s First Secretary, President Raul Castro, and it includes Second Secretary Jose Ramon Machado Ventura; Commander of the Revolution and VP Ramiro Valdes; VP Esteban Lazo; the president of the Cuban National Assembly, Ricardo Alarcon; Higher Education Minister Miguel Diaz-Canel; and the General Secretary of the Cuban Workers’ Confederation (CTC), Salvador Valdes Mesa.

Fidel Castro and Vice President Ramiro Valdés

The other members are Abelardo Colomé, Julio Casas, Leopoldo Cintra Frías, Ramón Espinosa Martín, Álvaro López Miera, Mercedes López Acea, Marino Murillo Jorge, and Adel Yzquierdo Rodríguez. Also announced in the closing session of the Congress was the Secretariat of the Central Committee, which is headed by Machado Ventura and includes Esteban Lazo, Abelardo Álvarez Gil, José Ramón Balaguer, Víctor Gaute, Olga Lidia Tapia and Misael Enamorado.

Olga Lidia Tapia and Esteban Lazo