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Raúl: “This has been a great Congress”

con greso ujc“I’m very satisfied,” Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Councils of State and Ministers, said on bidding farewell to the delegates and guests of the 10th Congress of the Young Communist League (UJC), who he congratulated.

Minutes after the closing remarks by José Ramón Machado Ventura, Second Secretary of the Party Central Committee and Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Raúl told the youth gathered that this had been a “Congress fit for the times in which we are living.”

He also noted that the delegates had raised major issues, which had been well explained, and congratulated them and the UJC leadership.

Yuniasky Crespo Baquero — reconfirmed in the post of first secretary of the UJC National Committee – sent a sculpture to Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz, in remembrance of National Hero José Martí, consisting of a facsimile of his Colt .45 revolver and his quill, with his signature engraved on the top, on behalf of the Cuban youth.

She also gave Raúl an image of the heroine of the Sierra and the plains, Vilma Espín Guillois, cast in bronze and resting on a support made from stone from the Frank País Second Eastern Front Mausoleum, where her remains lie.

Comandante José Ramón Machado Ventura, meanwhile, received a bronze imageof a stethoscope, a symbol of his professionas a revolutionarydoctor.

The works – by renowned visual artists Kamil Bullaudy and Erig Rebul – represent the gratitude of the younger generations of Cubans to those who built the present homeland, and the future that they know they must defend.

The first meeting of the National Committee of the UJC, formed by young people who received 97.3% of the necessary votes, ratified Yuniasky Crespo Baquero and Suceli Morfa González, in their posts as first and second secretaries the organization, respectively.

In addition, the professional members of the National Bureau were ratified according to their areas of responsibility: Leira Sánchez Valdivia, for Education, Health, Sports and student organizations; Julio Heriberto Gómez Casanova, for Young Workers and Fighters; and Joan Cabo Mijares, in the Ideological sphere.

Ten non-professional members, representing different sectors of society and centers that have high numbers of youth, were also elected to the Bureau.

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