Cuban Parliament to Have New PresidentDecember 21, 2012 | Print |
HAVANA TIMES — After 20 years in office as the president of the National Assembly, Ricardo Alarcon de Quesada will step down from that post next year when the new legislature after February’s elections.
According to the Cubaencuentro website, the talk in government circles is that Alarcon will become an adviser to President Raul Castro and will be responsible on a full-time basis for the case of the “Cuban Five prisoners of the Empire.”
Discussion of a possible replacement for Alarcon began circulating in unofficially last March following the arrest of both his right-hand lieutenant Miguel Alvarez Sanchez (a former Cuban intelligence officer) and that official’s wife, Mercedes Arce (an academic who is also a former intelligence officer).
The current vice president of the parliament, Ana Maria Mari Machado, could fill the vacated post, however, the Cubaencuentro article doesn’t rule out Council of Ministers Vice President Miguel Diaz Canel or Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, who are both members of the Politburo.