Two women look for their names on a voters list at a polling station before voting for municipal elections in Havana, Cuba, Sunday Nov. 26, 2017. (AP/Ramon Espinosa)
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Cuba took another step Sunday toward the end of the Castro era, with millions of residents placing paper ballots in cardboard boxes for ward delegates to municipal assemblies.The new national assembly, where 50 percent of the deputies must be ward delegates elected on Sunday, is expected on Feb. 24 to select a new president to replace Raul Castro, Fidel's 86-year-old younger brother, who has said he will step down after serving two five-year terms.Nearly 27,000 candidates are running for 12,515 ward positions in Sunday's election, the only part of the electoral process that is contested publicly and with direct participation by ordinary Cubans.
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