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    The Meteoric Rise Of Susely Morfa González

    The Meteoric Rise Of Susely Morfa González / 14ymedio

    14ymedio, Havana, 28 December 2016 — The political career of the
    psychologist Susely Morfa González has been meteoric. This Tuesday she
    was chosen to be a deputy in Cuba’s National Assembly of People’s Power
    and a member of the Council of State, barely two years after she burst
    on the public scene.

    Morfa was born in 1982 in Cienfuegos and as a teenager was the president
    of the Federation of Middle School Students in the town of Rodas. She
    also held various positions within the Young Communists Union (UJC), and
    before turning 30 was the first secretary of that organization in her
    native province.

    She has a degree in psychology, and her entire adult life has played the
    role of political cadre. Several sources in the Ministry of Public
    Health consulted by 14ymedio say that she has never practiced her
    profession at any hospital in the country.

    She was named at the last annual session of the Parliament to fill one
    of the vacancies in the legislative body, and only in this way, as
    established by law, was she able to become a part of the government’s
    highest body.

    “It’s not a good sign, because it means the most hard-line are winning,”
    said a retired academic who preferred anonymity. However, analyst Julio
    Aleaga, author of a study on Cuban politics, considers it difficult to
    know Morfa’s true ideological positions. To catalog her as more hard
    line or more reformist is risky, he points out.

    Her new position could respond to the Government’s desire to place
    “women, young people and afro-descendants” in the top positions to fill
    gender, age and race quotas, says Aleaga, but when it comes to
    decision-making, “they behave like nondescript people,” without real power.

    Morfa shot to fame for her combative performance at the Summit of the
    Americas in Panama, in April 2015, when she starred in several acts of
    repudiation and described the activists and exiles who participated in a
    parallel event as members of Cuba’s civil society as “lackeys,
    mercenaries, self-funded, underpaid by imperialism.”

    During an extraordinary meeting of the UJC in the middle of this year,
    Morfa was named first secretary of the organization, replacing Yuniask
    Crespo Baquero.

    Last September, she affirmed that “the non-state sector can not be
    stigmatized” within the island’s economy, although she clarified that
    entrepreneurs have to remain “within the socialist system.”

    At the VII Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), last April,
    the psychologist was elected a member of the Central Committee of the
    only political organization allowed in the country. During the conclave
    she was in charge of proposing the candidacy of the ruler Raúl Castro as
    first secretary of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party.

    Source: The Meteoric Rise Of Susely Morfa González / 14ymedio –
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