New council of state has 52 per cent women
News from Cuba | Thursday, 20 April 2023
Following the national elections on 25 March, Cuba's National Assembly has met to elect a new Council of State and president and vice presidents of the national parliament.
The 21 person body includes representatives from Cuba's mass organisations, including Gerardo Hernandez, Miami Five hero, who is now national coordinator of the Committees for the Defence of the Revolution (CDR).
The previous National Assembly president, Esteban Lazo, and vice presidents, Ana Mari and Homero Acosta, were nominated again. Ten new members include deputy director of the Finlay Vaccine Institute, Yuri Valdés; and Paralympic gold medalist Omara Durand.
The average age is 47 years, and women make up 52 per cent, slightly under the 55.2 per cent of women who were elected to the 470 seat National Assembly.