“Fulfilling a patriotic duty, the people went to the polls with enthusiasm and revolutionary consciousness. Their participation is a new triumph of our democracy,” Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Rodriguez said.
According to the National Electoral Council (CEN), 5,711,397 out of 8,120,072 citizens had already cast their vote by 5:00 p.m. This level of assistance was equivalent to 70 percent of the citizens registered in the electoral roll.
Due to the high turnout of citizens to the polls, the CEN President Alina Balseiro decided to extend the operation of the polling stations from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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“With these preliminary results, we can now say that our enemies' call for abstention failed. Long live Cuba!,” the House of the Americas President Abel Prieto tweeted.
On Sunday, the Cubans elected 470 lawmakers who will make up the 10th legislature of the National Assembly during the period 2023-2028. Among other powers, they will choose the president and vice president of the country.
"We are going towards another new revolutionary victory," the Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said and anticipated that the 10th legislature will focus fundamentally on how to overcome the economic situation that Cuba is experiencing as a result of the U.S. blockade.