Saturday, 16 February 2019 12:26

Cubans Abroad Vote on New Constitution

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The referendum takes place today in all Cuban embassies and will end in Cuba on February 24, on the 124th anniversary of the Cry of Baire, which marked the resumption of the national wars for independence, which was finally achieved in January 1959.

CUBANS IN ASIA VOTE ON NEW CONSTITUTION

Hanoi.- Cubans in Vietnam and India voted on their new Constitution on Saturday, as part of a society that is recognized as perfectible.

In Vietnam, 79 voters, including diplomats, students and workers from Cuban institutions, exercised their citizen's right with all requirements and guarantees of a free and clean voting.

The Special Electoral District 91 was one of 122 polling stations created by the Special Electoral Commission of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, along with those in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and China.

Cubans who are working in other Vietnamese provinces also cast their vote on the new Constitution in Quang Binh (center-north) Da Nang (center) and Ho Chi Minh City (south).

Meanwhile, in India, workers-students, journalists and members of the Cuban Embassy also voted on their magna carta today.

The Special Electoral District in New Delhi was the first polling station to conclude the voting.

CUBANS VOTE ON THEIR NEW CONSTITUTION IN BOTSWANA AND NAMIBIA

Gaborone.- Cubans voted on their new Constitution in Botswana and Namibia on Saturday.

In Botswana, the heads of three voting stations created for the occasion inaugurated the voting, in which 90 Cuban citizens participated.

They are collaborators in the health sector and diplomatic personnel who exercised their right to vote in Gaborone, Francistown and Maun.

According to Cuban Ambassador Patricia Pego, at the end of the voting, an event will be held to celebrate this democratic exercise.

Meanwhile, in Namibia, 84 Cubans voted in six polling stations in Katima, Mulillo, Rundu, Oshakati, Walvis Bay and Windhoek.

According to a press release, "authorities at the voting stations and voters showed a high sense of duty, seriousness and commitment to this historic process."

VENEZUELA: THE SCENARIO OF CUBA'S CONSTITUTIONAL REFERENDUM

Caracas.- On Saturday, Venezuela will be the scenario where more than 22,000 Cuban collaborators in different sectors will vote on their new Constitution.

Ambassador Rogelio Polanco told social and political activists and reporters at the Cuban Embassy in Caracas that polling stations will be set up in all Venezuelan states to guarantee the voting.

Polanco explained that for the successful development of the process, more than 600 polling stations will be available in 331 of Venezuela's 335 municipalities on February 16 and 17.

'Even in those municipalities that are far away by sea or air from the state capitals, we will guarantee the outreach of the process,' he said when answering question from Prensa Latina.

Previously, Cubans in Venezuela studied and debated the Draft Constitution, which was approved by the People's Power National Assembly (Parliament) in December 2018, after a broad consultation process between August and November last year, the diplomat noted.

CUBANS IN SPAIN VOTED ON NEW CONSTITUTION

Madrid.- In an atmosphere of jubilation, Cubans who are on working missions in Spain voted on Saturday on the new Constitution of their country, which will replace the one in force since 1976.

Diplomats and representatives of several Cuban institutions accredited in Spain exercised their right to vote, a process that will take place in all Cuban embassies in the world and will end in Cuba on February 24.

In statements to Prensa Latina, Jose Carlos Zaragoza, president of the Electoral Commission of the Electoral District in Spain, highlighted the democratic nature of this vote, which is taking place after a broad debate and popular consultations.

He referred to the process that preceded the drafting of the new Constitution, approved in December 2018 by the Cuban Parliament, after a broad popular consultation process held between August 13 and November 15 with the participation of almost nine million people.

As a result of this consultation, which included the opinions of Cubans living abroad, the initial text underwent 760 changes, half of them included in one or another way in the final proposal.

About 97 Cuban citizens were called to vote in the authorized polling stations in Madrid, the Canary Islands and Barcelona to vote 'Yes' or 'No' to the question, Do you ratify the new Constitution of the Republic? (PL)

Saturday, 16 February 2019 12:18

Cuba Reaffirms its Support for the Palestinian Cause at the UN

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Cuba reaffirmed on Friday at the UN its promise to continue working for a genuine peace process to achieve the full recognition of Palestine and the rights of its people.

A summary meeting that brings together several ministers, as well as the directors of the main entities of this province, marks the closure on Saturday of the first government visit to Las Tunas, led by the president of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz- Canel Bermúdez.

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