Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Fidel was chosen President of the MNOAL
The Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro Ruz, was chosen President of the MNOAL today by acclamations of the Movement of Countries non-Aligned in the XIV Summit, that began today under the conduction of Raul Castro, Chief of State in functions of Cuba. To proposal of Prime minister of Malaysia, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Fidel received the applause of the leaders of more than 100 delegations of countries members, in his condition of President of the MNOAL, which assumes for the second time. Minutes before, the Cuban chancellor Felipe Perez Roque informed that Raul Castro, Chief of State in functions, would head the delegation of the greater one of the Antilles, in as much the Commander-in-Chief recovers satisfactorily and follows the prescription of the doctors, who indicated rest to him.The own Badawi in self expressed to the plenary , and it was accepted by acclamations, that the First Vice-president of Cuba would assume the presidency in functions of the Summit, until Fidel reassumes his responsibilities of State and Government.The XIV Conference of the MNOAL began in the morning shortly after the 10, as soon as Raul gave the official welcome to the heads of delegations. In the presidential entrance of the Palace of Conventions of the Cuban capital, Raul interchanged greetings with each one of the presidents, prime minister and other high leaders, to those who the Honour guard presented his respect.After the intervention of Felipe, the Prime minister of Malaysia made a report of the activity of the MNOAL in the last three years, in which this forum of agreement was revitalized it self in the defence of its original principles.“We trust that Cuba will be able to direct the Movement, its history gives us the certainty that non-Aligned will be in the good hands of Cuba and it will reach higher levels”, said Badawi.“Then I assume”, said Raul when he took possession.
Took it from Granma.cu