Opposition Coalition Elects New Executive Secretariat / 14ymedio

Activists of the Democratic Action Unity Roundtable (MUAD) gathered Friday in Havana. (14ymedio)
Activists of the Democratic Action Unity Roundtable (MUAD) gathered Friday in Havana. (14ymedio)

14ymedio bigger14ymedio, Havana, 11 December 2015 — After months of gestation and discussion, the opposition Democratic Action Unity Roundtable (MUAD) elected its executive secretariat Friday. With this structure composed of various organizations and independent activists, the coalition expects to gain in unity and visibility on the stage of democratic activism within the island.

During a meeting held in Havana, participants voted for who will represent them between now and June 2016. The organizations chosen include The United Anti-totalitarian Front (FANTU), the Pedro Luis Boitel party for Democracy, the Support Center for the Transition, Cubalex, the Social Democratic Party, the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), the Progressive Arc, and the independent activists Boris Gonzalez Arenas and Pedro Campos Santos.

Elected to represent the exile, were the Christian Democratic Party and activist Ciro Castillo.

The executive secretariat, whose function will be coordinating between members, will be renewed every six months .

At the same meeting, a decision was made to appoint a team that will be responsible for drafting MUAD’s program, which it will circulate to all members starting 20 January, for further discussion and approval.

The Democratic Action Unity Roundtable is a project that began to take shape in June of this year when a group of organizations on the island and in exile met in the city of Cuernavaca, Mexico, in order to strengthen the unity between Cuban dissidents.

Characterized by its openness, MUAD has integrated many major entities of the Cuban opposition and civil society.