EFE (14ymedio), Havana, 4 February 2016 – Former Cuban president Fidel Castro was elected as a delegate to the Seventh Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (the country’s only party), to be held this coming April, as reported by the island’s government-owned media.
Fidel Castro, 89 and retired from power since 2006, will be a delegate to the Communist conclave for the city of Santiago de Cuba, where 306 leaders of the José Martí district committee designated him by acclamation.
As reported on the front page the newspaper Granma, Fidel Castro “embodies the highest principles of a revolutionary” and is a “man of deep convictions and visionary ideas” who founded the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) and became its first secretary from the date of the creation of its Central Committee in 1965, to its last conclave, in 2011.
At this last Congress, Fidel Castro was replaced in the post of first secretary by his brother Raul, who took control of the country when the leader fell ill in 2006 and was ratified as president in 2008.
At its last congress, the Cuban Communist Party approved the plan for the “updating” of the country’s economic model, undertaken by Raul Castro in his mandate.
The appointment of Fidel Castro as a delegate to the 7th conclave of the Cuban communists is part of the pre-congress process; the meeting that will convene on 16 April 2016.