Over 1.5 mln Cubans vote in 2nd round of municipal elections (2)

08:09, May 04, 2010      

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Cuban leaders Fidel and Raul Castro voted in that first electoral round. Due to health reason Fidel sent his vote in a sealed envelope to the polling station in his constituency, where the chairman of the board introduced the ballot of the Cuban former president into the ballot box before the cameras of the national television.

Also on that occasion the President of the Cuban Parliament, Ricardo Alarcon de Quesada challenged the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to lift the embargo against the island at least for a year, in response to Clinton's statements that the Cuban government is interested in keeping the American embargo to justify its "political and economical paralysis."

According to the current Cuban Electoral Law Act, candidates who did not earn 50 percent of the votes in the first round should go to the second one held on May 2. Since 1992 the Electoral Law establishes two types of electoral processes: the general elections every five years, and the municipal every two years and half.

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