HAVANA – Cuban leader Fidel Castro and his brother, President Raul Castro, were elected delegates to the 6th Congress of the governing Cuban Communist Party, or PCC, which will be held April 16-19 and which will be the first such gathering since 1997, state media reported Sunday.
Former President Fidel Castro, 84, who handed over power in 2006 due to a serious illness, retains the post of first secretary of the Communist Party, while his brother, 79, is the second secretary of that organization.
Both men were designated delegates to the communist congress during a meeting of PCC general secretaries held on Saturday in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba and presided over by Cuban First Vice President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, the official daily Juventud Rebelde reported on Sunday.
The 6th Congress of the PCC will focus on the ratification of the economic adjustment plan pushed by the government of Raul Castro to attempt to overcome the serious economic crisis that has beset the island for decades.
Thus, it will be an “atypical congress,” according to what Machado Ventura said on Saturday, adding that “everything that’s being done is to guarantee the continuity of the revolution and socialism.”
At the end of 2011, the PCC will also hold a National Conference where it is anticipated that the renewal or continuity of top officials within the party leadership entities will be dealt with.
That conference “will be the time to analyze the life of the organization in the interests of consolidating the guiding role of the party in society,” Machado Ventura said.
A thousand delegates will participate in the 6th PCC Congress.