Esteban Lazo in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Prensa Latina

"I thank you in the name of deputies Mari and Brito, and my own, for the honor you confer upon us by electing us to such high positions," said Esteban Lazo Hernández, elected unanimously as President of the National Assembly of People's Power, today April 18.

During the first hours of the Assembly's constituent session, the National Candidatures Commission proposed: "For President, Juan Esteban Lazo Hernández, who has efficiently fulfilled this responsibility over the last five years. His efforts and the progress made have been recognized."

Juan Esteban Lazo Hernández, was approved with 604 votes, 100% of the deputies present.

÷ Age: 74

÷ Education: University

÷ Occupation: member of the Political Bureau. President of the National Assembly of People's Power.

÷ Organizations of which he is a member: PCC, CTC, CDR

As a young man, he joined the Association of Young Rebels, participated in the literacy campaign and was a member of the National Revolutionary Militias. Since he became a member of the Party in 1963, he has held various responsibilities, among them organizer of the Regional Party Committee in Colón. In Matanzas, he has been the Ministry of Agriculture's provincial representative, second and first provincial secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, and first secretary of the Provincial Committee in Santiago de Cuba, subsequently moving to take on the same role in Havana. In 2003, he joined the Political Bureau, in charge of the ideological sphere. Lazo was a member of the Central Committee Secretariat from 2006 through 2013; a delegate to all of the Party's Congresses; a National Assembly deputy since 1981; and a Council of State vice president between 1992 and 2013.

Ana María Mari Machado was reelected as Vice President of the National Assembly, and Miriam Brito Sarroca, as Secretary.