Cuba Holds Local Vote With a Twist: 2 Opposition Candidates

April 19, 2015 7:02 PM

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Cuba on Sunday held its first local elections since a historic thaw in relations with the United States with an unusual wrinkle in the single-party system: two of the 27,000 candidates openly oppose the government.

Hildebrando Chaviano and Yuniel Lopez were chosen by a show of hands in Havana neighborhood nominating meetings and hope to win two of the 12,589 seats at stake in 168 municipal councils, which deal with services such as street repair, water supplies and insect fumigation.

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