12 March 2018
Cubans went to the polls on Sunday to elect the members of the National Assembly of People's Power. President Raul Castro, whose successor will be elected next month, was the first person to vote at 07:00 at his local polling station. Castro is running for a seat at the assembly as a deputy representing his jurisdiction.
Cuba's First Vice President of the State Council said the elections were a way for Cubans to defend their political system and way of life. The National Assembly will be formally installed on April 19, when deputies will elect the new Council of State and its new president.