Cuban elections "transparent, honorable": Parliament leader

13:31, May 20, 2010      

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The elections in Cuba were transparent and honorable, the president of the National Assembly of the People's Power or parliament said on Wednesday.

Ricardo Alarcon made the remark while attending a ceremony to inaugurate the municipal assembly at the municipality of Plaza de la Revolucion in Havana.

He said that since the establishment of local government bodies in 1976, Cuban electors have voted more times than their counterparts in the U.S. and the Western European countries.

On Wednesday, 15,093 delegates to Cuba's 169 municipal assemblies were sworn into office after being elected in the elections running from April 25 to May 2. More than 8.4 million Cubans took part in the elections.

According to the Cuban Constitution, the municipal assemblies are the highest local government bodies in every territory, given the highest authority to exercise State functions in their jurisdictions.

Cuba holds general elections every five years, and the municipal elections every two years and a half.



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