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    This is the first legislative body to be ???orted in Cuba in 18 yrs. The?

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    Background: This is the first legislative body to be ???orted in Cuba in 18 yrs. The 481 deputes, one of whom is Teofilo Steveason, the olympic boxing champion were appointed to their seats by elected municipal officials. The national assembly is supposed to rule the country in a democratic fashion, replacing the military government. But when it met for the first time yesterday, there was no question who was still in charge of Cuba.

    Castro was unanimously elected president of the state council. He was the only one nominated. Leader of other Marxist governments were there to celebrate his on title and the opening of the assembly. Most notably, Angola's prime minister, Lopo do Nascimento and the Soviet military chief of staff, Victor Kulikov.

    In his speech, Castro attacked some oil producing nations, particularly Iran and Saudi Arabia, for spending billions on the United States arms industry while bleeding the people of under-developed nations. - And he was highly critical of Communist Chin's translation) destroy new leaders, calling them a "corrupt and arrogant clik who are dzewina the best members of China's communist party. Standup close; Castro's audience was corded with critics of the United States, but Castro largely ignored the U.S. in his speech. That surprised many foreign observers, but not the average Cuba. People here hope the carter administration soon change U. S. policy towards cuba. And they say Castro will avoid angry rhetoric until he learns more about the new american president,.

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