Havana Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) The Eighth Legislature of the People’s National Assembly was constituted here today after deputies swear to their responsibilities as part of the supreme body of state power that represents the will of the people.
In the Havana Convention Center, usual venue of Parliament, those elected in the elections of February 3 presented the certificates accrediting them as members and signed their oaths, with an attendance of 98.37 percent.
With the oath, read by the youngest Deputy, Lisette Conde, they pledged loyalty to their homeland, to respect and uphold the law, to be a servant of the people and the community and fulfill the obligations to the post.
For her part, Head of the National Electoral Commission, Alina Balseiro, detailed the composition of the Assembly, which was renewed by 67 percent and the average age of its members is 48.
She also noted that 48.86 percent of deputies are women, 37.09 percent are black and 82.68 are university graduates.
According to Balseiro, the Parliament is composed by representatives of different sectors of society, including workers, farmers, teachers, doctors, scientists, writers, artists, religious leaders, students, political leaders, businessmen, athletes and members of the armed institutions. Cuban Parliament members do not receive any remuneration for exercising this responsibility, since this function is not professionalized but run simultaneously with other occupations.