August 19, 2014
AP, The Washington Post
HAVANA — Yet another revolutionary tradition has been broken in Cuba: A lawmaker voted “no” in parliament.
And it wasn’t just any lawmaker.
Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel Castro, gave the thumbs-down to a workers’ rights bill that she felt didn’t go far enough to prevent discrimination against people with HIV or with unconventional gender identities.
None of the experts contacted by The Associated Press could recall another “no” vote in the 612-seat National Assembly, which meets briefly twice a year and approves laws by unanimous show of hands.