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From the list of candidates to be voted on in the January 20 general elections in Cuba, it is easy to see the generational handing over of the reigns about to happen.

Nevertheless, neither the government of the United States nor its mercenaries, supposedly interested in a "transition" in Cuba, recognize the event as proof of a democratic transition, reads an article on Granma online.

However, nobody was chosen to run based on the goal of more widespread generational representation in the parliament. The commissions, the 169 municipal assemblies (city councils) and people who proposed candidates did so based on the careers and human qualities of the possible candidates before submitting them to the population for the January 20 vote.

In terms of continuity and renewal, 36.78 percent of the candidates (224) are incumbents in the current 609 member legislature. Therefore, a little over 63.22 percent (385 legislators) will be newcomers in the new legislature of 614 members with the additional 5 members reflecting population growth.

The slate of candidates speaks for itself in terms of equality. The 42.16 percent of the candidates (265) are women, 118 of the candidates are black and 101 are mestizos. The majority (481) of the candidates have a university level education (78.34 percent) and 127 (20.68) have a high school and/or technical degrees.

The candidates have the virtue of expressing the diversity among Cubans. They are a clear reflection of a united, revolutionary, internationalist, educated and just people who will continue in transition to improve the country's socialist system.


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