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Cuba dissidents present slate of candidates for 2017 election

Cuba dissidents present slate of candidates for 2017 election
AFP
May 12, 2016

Cuban opposition leader Manuel Costa Morua (L) speaks during a press
conference to present the “Towards a national project, the minimum
program” in Havana on May 12, 2016 (AFP Photo/Yamil Lage)
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Havana (AFP) – Opposition leaders said Thursday they plan to present a
slate of candidates for next year’s legislative and local elections, an
act of political defiance in communist-governed Cuba.

The move, technically illegal in this one-party state, comes the same
year that President Raul Castro leaves office, a post he has held since
February 2008.

Manuel Cuesta Morua, spokesman for the opposition activists who are
technically banned but tolerated in practice, said that around 90
candidates would be put forward, to promote “free and pluralistic”
elections on the island.

The opposition platform will also advocate “recognition of the Cuban
diaspora as part of the nation” and the “development small and medium
size private enterprises” on the island, he said.

Another dissident leader, Jose Daniel Ferrer from the Roundtable for
United Democratic Action (MUAD), said “the majority of Cubans are tired,
and don’t have the least bit of faith in the regime.” He predicted
protests and public discontent will increase in Cuba.

The announcement comes in the wake of Cuba’s recent rapprochement with
the United States and a resulting uptick in investment and commercial
activity with various foreign nations.

Source: Cuba dissidents present slate of candidates for 2017 election –
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