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Raul CASTRO Ruz (president)

Country name: Republic of Cuba

Capital: La Habana

Provinces and Administrative Divisions
Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Cienfuegos, Ciudad de la Habana, Granma, Guantanamo, Holguin, Isla de la Juventud, La Habana, Las Tunas, Matanzas, Pinar del Rio, Sancti Spiritus, Santiago, Villa Clara.

Cuban Independance Day: 20 May 1902 Cuban Independance from Spain.
National Holiday Cuba: Triumph of the Revolution 1st of January (1959)

Cuba President - Chief of State

What kind of government has Cuba?

The country is a socialist republic, the Communist Party is declared the leading force in Cuba. The government controls the centralized economy, labor market and the media.
The Cuban government provides free health care, education and subsidized food rations.

The President of the Council of State and President of the Council of Ministers is Gen. br> First Vice President of the Council of State and First Vice President of the Council of Ministers Gen. Jose Ramon MACHADO Ventura (since 24 February 2008)
The president is both the chief of state and head of the government.
Head of Cuba government: President of the Council of State and President of the Council of Ministers Gen. Raul CASTRO Ruz (president since 24 February 2008) First Vice President of the Council of State and First Vice President of the Council of Ministers Gen. Jose Ramon MACHADO Ventura (since 24 February 2008)
Cabinet: Council of Ministers proposed by the president of the Council of State and appointed by the National Assembly or the 31-member Council of State, elected by the assembly to act on its behalf when it is not in session.
Elections: president and vice presidents are elected by the National Assembly (Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular) for a term of five years. Elections were last held on February 24th 2008 (next to be held in 2013)
Election results: Gen. Raul CASTRO Ruz elected president; percent of legislative vote - 100% Gen. Jose Ramon MACHADO Ventura elected vice president; percent of legislative vote - 100%

Cuban Army (FAR)

The army was heavily supported and financed by the former Soviet Union. Soldiers were trained by the Soviets from 1966 until 1980. The Cuban army has 50,000 regular troops and a potential of 2.5 mil.additional reserves. (source CIA factbook)

Communications

  • Telephones - main lines in use: 1.043 million (2007)country comparison to the world: 78 Telephones
  • Mobile cellular: 198,300 (2007)country comparison to the world: 169
  • Telephone system: general assessment: greater investment, wireless service is expensive and must be paid in convertible pesos, which effectively limits mobile cellular Fixed telephone line density remains low at less than 10 per 100 inhabitants.

    Radio Havana Cuba

    The radio station is located on Avenida Infanta Havana. The idea for a Revolutionary Radio was born during the guerrilla war in the Sierra Maestra. Later Ernesto Che Guevara estabished "Radio Rebelde".
    Radio broadcast stations:
    AM 169, FM 55, shortwave 1 (1998) Television broadcast stations: 58 (1997)
    Website Radio Habana (www.radiohc.cu) Other Cuban radio stations are:
  • Radio Musical Nacional (99.1FM)
  • Radio Progreso (90.3FM)
  • Radio Rebelde (96.7FM)
  • Radio Reloj (101.5FM)
  • Radio Taino (93.2FM)

    Cuban Television

    The TV is an important pastime and information source.The Government controls all television stations.
    The Cuban TV is the main source of information for baseball events and political discussions, but also for weather forecast and hurricane prevention. The "Telenovelas" or Cuban soap series are very popular among women. The TV channels are:
    Cubavisión, Canal Educativo, Canal Educativo 2, Canal Habana, Tele Rebelde.

    Cuba Government and Cuban Newspapers

    The daily GRANMA is the official newspaper of the Cuban Communist Party and the Government. Other Newspapers: Granma, Trabajadores, Juventud Rebelde, Bohemia.

    Official Cuban Websites

    http://www.cubagob.cu (Main site of the Government)
    http://www.pcc.cu (Communist Party website)

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