Wednesday, May 31, 2023

USA: “Cubans deserve legitimate elections”

The United States government has stated that last Sunday’s elections in Cuba were undemocratic because there were no real options.

“Elections without credibility – like the National Assembly votes this weekend – are undemocratic. Cubans deserve real options in legitimate elections that present candidates from more than one political party and beyond the Communist Party,” he said. The US Embassy in Havana on their Twitter.

The publication generated a response from President Miguel Díaz-Canel, who accused the United States government of maintaining a hostile, imaginary, slanderous, virtual, provocative and lying narrative towards Cuba.

On Sunday, when he left for his station, Díaz-Canel spoke to the press, to whom he commented that the US embassy in other countries had to do what governments should do.

“We should not count at all … We are so sovereign and so independent, both our own and our own, that we should not submit to the opinion of the North American embassy, ​​which is for us. It does not matter what we do, we work for our opinions,” he said.

“If we were to say in good Cuban terms: we are slipping from the government in contempt of the opinions of the United States of America”, they emphasized.

The president accused the United States government of falsely saying that it cared about the Cuban people.

“To those who ignore and oppose us, who underestimate and despise the strength of this people, I repeat to you Cubanly: their policies are slipping us,” he said on Twitter.

Last Friday, less than 48 hours before the one-party elections in Cuba, the United States government stated that Cubans would once again be denied a real election for their National Assembly.

“When the only option is the Communist Party and barred elections to elect unopposed candidates to run, there is no democracy, only autocracy and misery. Cubans deserve to vote,” wrote Brian A. Nichols, Assistant Secretary of State for Hemispheric Affairs.

The Cuban government reported a 75.9% participation rate in Sunday’s elections to elect delegates to the National Assembly of People’s Power.

The President of the National Electoral Council (CEN), Alina Balseiro announced the preliminary results of the process, expressing that 6,164,876 people exercised their right, which represents 75.92% of the electorate.

After releasing the official figures for Sunday’s elections, Díaz-Canel indicated that among so many problems, these figures “run a clean house”.

According to the report presented by Balseiro, 90% of the ballots issued were valid and there were 72% of voters who voted for all the proposed candidates.

On the other hand, 6.22% of the total ballots were left blank and 3.50% were cancelled.

The government managed to achieve its goal and 470 nominated representatives were elected to parliament.

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