LA HABANA (AP) — Por primera vez desde agosto de 2010, el ex presidente Fidel Castro asistió el domingo a la sesión del Parlamento Cubano.
"Una cerrada ovación recibió al Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro y al General de Ejército Raúl Castro Ruz, presidente de los Consejos de Estado y de Ministros, a su entrada al Plenario del habanero Palacio de Convenciones", informó el sitio oficial Cubadebate.
Los 612 diputados del Parlamento Cubano iniciaron el domingo una sesión en la que se elegirá el presidente que dirigirá el país los próximos cinco años. Se espera que Raúl Castro sea reelegido en su cargo.
En Cuba el Consejo de Estado es el máximo órgano de gobierno y sus miembros son elegidos entre los diputados de la Asamblea Nacional al inicio de cada legislatura. Lo integran un presidente, un primer vicepresidente, cinco vicepresidentes, un secretario y 23 miembros más.
Según las leyes vigentes el presidente del Consejo de Estado -es decir Jefe de Estado- encabeza también el Consejo de Ministros, o sea, el gabinete Ejecutivo.
Fidel Castro ocupó ese cargo desde 1976 hasta 2008 tras su renuncia por la enfermedad que lo alejó del poder en julio de 2006. Raúl Castro fue elegido en su lugar en febrero de 2008.
En las elecciones del pasado febrero Fidel Castro resultó electo como diputado al Parlamento cubano.
FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2012 file photo released by the state media website Cubadebate, Fidel Castro attends a meeting with intellectuals and writers at the International Book Fair in Havana, Cuba. Castro turns 86 on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Cubadebate, Roberto Chile, File)
FILE - In this March 28, 2012 file photo made available by the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI, right, meets with Fidel Castro in Havana. The Cuban government-run newspaper Granma published a letter dated Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 signed by Fidel Castro, the first by the 86-year-old former president since June. Castro has not been seen in public since greeting a visiting Pope Benedict XVI in late March, and the last of his essays known as "Reflections" was published June 19. (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, File)
Raul Castro, Fidel Castro
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In this photo released by Cubadebate and taken by Estudios Revolucion, Cuba's Fidel Castro, left, speaks to Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez at a hospital in Havana, Cuba, Friday March 2, 2012. Chavez said Friday he's recovering quickly from tumor surgery in Cuba. (AP Photo/Estudios Revolucion)
In this photo released by the state media website Cubadebate, Cuba's leader Fidel Castro speaks during a meeting with members of the Japan-based international non-governmental organization, Peace Boat in Havana, Cuba, Thursday March 1, 2012. Peace Boat, a ship that sails around the world promotes peace, human rights and nuclear disarmament, docked in Cuba on Thursday. (AP Photo/Roberto Chile, Cubadebate)
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In this photo released by the state media website Cubadebate, Cuba's leader Fidel Castro speaks during a meeting with intellectuals and writers at the International Book Fair in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Feb. 10 2012. (AP Photo/Cubadebate, Roberto Chile)
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In this photo released on Feb. 4, 2012 by the state media website Cubadebate, Cuba's leader Fidel Castro listens during the presentation of his book 'Guerrillero del Tiempo,' or 'Time Warrior' in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Cubadebate, Roberto Chile)
Fidel Castro, Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado, Paloma Cordero Tapia
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In this Sept. 20, 1960 photo, Cuba's leader Fidel Castro, center, speaks with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, right, as his Foreign Minister Raul Roa, left, looks on at the Hotel Theresa during the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The world stood at the brink of Armageddon for 13 days in October 1962 when President John F. Kennedy drew a symbolic line in the Atlantic and warned of dire consequences if Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev dared to cross it. On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis, historians now say it was behind-the-scenes compromise rather than a high-stakes game of chicken that resolved the faceoff, that both Washington and Moscow wound up winners and that the crisis lasted far longer than 13 days. (AP Photo/Prensa Latina via AP Images)
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