Havana, Cuba, Apr 19.- Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, assured today in his first speech after taking office that in this new legislature "there will be no room for those who aspire to a capitalist restoration," but to continue to perfect socialism.
Before the recently constituted IX Legislature of the National Assembly of People's Power (ANPP), Díaz-Canel reaffirmed that in Cuba, by decision of the people, it is only necessary to give continuity to the work undertaken since 1959, with unity among all generations.
Knowing the popular sentiment in favor of Army General Raúl Castro, the president assured that the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) will lead the most important decisions for the present and future of the nation.
Raúl, who has prepared, led and led this process with firmness, without attachment to office, with serenity, maturity, confidence and modesty, remains at the head of the country's political vanguard in his own right, he said.
He continues to be the First Secretary, as the reference point for any Cuban communist and revolutionary, and because Cuba needs him to contribute ideas, warn of any error and deficiency, he said.
He spoke about the internal management and foreign policy of the Army General at the head of the country in the last decade, when he undertook profound and essential structural and conceptual changes, as part of the process of updating the economic model.
I am aware of the concerns and expectations that such a moment like this logically provokes, but we count on the strength, intelligence and wisdom of the people, and the leadership of the PCC, the legacy of the historical leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, and the presence of Raúl, "the current leader of the revolutionary process".
Only the PCC, the leading force of the state, guarantees unity and is the worthy heir to the trust placed in its leaders by the people, said Díaz-Canel.
At another point in his speech, the President of the Councils of State and Ministers ratified that Cuba's foreign policy will remain unchanged, because "Cuba makes no concessions, would not negotiate principles or accept conditionalities".
Díaz-Canel reaffirmed the responsibility involved in taking office, and that he will carry out "with honor and emotion the mandate of the people", with attachment to the historic generation.
With the constitution of the 9th Legislature of the National Assembly, he said, the revolutionary electoral process led by the Cuban people in recent months is coming to an end, in which the democratic, conscious and historically significant character of this step was reaffirmed.
It is a choice that emerged from the people, who will control the management and participate in the decision-making process and in the implementation of the approved policies, supported who at the same time qualified the process that today culminates as a "resounding victory and expression of the commitment in the defense of the revolutionary work".
To this trust that the people give us, there is only one way to respond, acting, creating and working tirelessly to respond to their demands and needs, he said.
The President added that that no country, like Cuba, has resisted for so many years without surrendering to the economic, commercial, military, political and media siege.
Among the struggles to defeat in the internal front, Diaz-Canel Bermudez cited our own indiscipline, errors and imperfections, and at the same time, urged to move forward without haste, but without pause, as Raul warned, towards prosperity and the conquest of a prosperous and sustainable socialism.
He noted that the priorities are defined in the Party's governing documents, in particular the country's short-, medium- and long-term development plan and guidelines.
Díaz-Canel concluded his speech by alluding to this symbolic day for the history of Cuba, in which he invited us to think about Fidel and his legacy, and to swear to defend this socialist and democratic Revolution from the humble, with the humble and for the humble "that the historical generation gives us intact". (ACN)