Monday, January 16, 2012

Term limits and mojitos

While reading Emilio Ichikawa's blog, I noticed that Esteban Lazo, a vice president of Cuba's Council of State, gave an honorary degree to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Jan. 11.
I looked into my photo archive and found two photos of Lazo, the top one taken with flash, the bottom one without.
Lazo was born on Feb. 26, 1944. At 67 - soon to be 68 - he's younger than other top officials in Cuba's Communist Party. Raúl Castro is 80. José Machado Ventura is 81. Ramiro Valdés is 79.
Fidel Castro, who is retired, is 85.
In April 2011, Raul Castro called for term limits for top party officials, Reuters reported. He said:
We have reached the conclusion that it is advisable to recommend limiting the time of service in high political and state positions to a maximum of two five-year terms.

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