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The Council of State (Spanish: Consejo de Estado) of Cuba is a 31-member body of the government of Cuba, elected by the National Assembly of People’s Power. It has the authority to exercise most legislative power between sessions of the National Assembly of People’s Power, subject to its approval, and to call the National Assembly of People’s Power into session between its scheduled twice yearly sessions. The membership consists of a President, a Secretary, a First Vice President, five Vice Presidents, and 27 additional members. The President, the Secretary, the First Vice President, and the five Vice Presidents are also members of the Council of Ministers.

Council of State members

As elected by the National Assembly in 2008

President of Cuba Raul Castro
First Vice President José Ramón Machado Ventura
Vice President died
Vice President Julio Casas Regueiro
Vice President Abelardo Colomé Ibarra
Vice President resigned
Vice President Esteban Lazo Hernández
Secretary replaced
Director of the William Soler Hospital Nidia Diana Martínez Piti
Vice Dean of the Salvador Allende Faculty María T. Ferrer Madrazo
Director of Santiago de Cuba Education Marta Hernández Romero
Minister of Health José Ramón Balaguer
First Secretary of the Provincial Committee of the PCC in Havana Pedro Sáez Montejo
First Secretary of the National Committee of the Young Communist League Otto Rivero Torres
Vice President of the Council of Ministers Pedro Miret Prieto
Minister of Foreign Affairs replaced
Minister of Basic Industry Yadira García
Minister President of the Central Bank of Cuba Francisco Soberón Valdés
Member of the Council of State Carlos Valenciaga Díaz
Director of the Jose Martí Program Office Armando Hart Dávalos
President of the Casa de las Américas Roberto Fernández Retamar
President of the Electronics Group Ramiro Valdés
First Vice President of the National Institute of Sports Julio Cristhian Jiménez Molina
Minister of Science, Technology and the Environment Rosa Elena Simeón Negrín
General Director of the Genetics and Biotechnology Luis S. Herrera Martínez
Territorial Delegate of the Ministry of Science Iris Betancourt Téllez
Secretary General of the Central Organization of Cuban Trade Unions Pedro Ross Leal
General Secretary of the Federation of Cuban Women Yolanda Ferrer Gomez
President of the National Association of Small Farmers Orlando Lugo Fonte

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