Cubans participate in the nomination assemblies for municipal delegate candidates in Havana on September 4, 2017. / AFP / YAMIL LAGE
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Cuba on Monday began a five-month political transition expected to end with Raul Castro's departure from the presidency, capping his family's near-total dominance of the political system for nearly 60 years.In the second electoral stage, a commission dominated by government-linked organizations will pick all the candidates for elections to provincial assemblies and Cuba's national assembly.Cuban officials say 12,515 block-level districts will nominate candidates for city council elections to be held Oct. 22 .A few opposition candidates made it to that stage previously but were defeated.At one session Monday evening, about 400 people gathered to choose their neighborhood's candidate, meeting in front of a house adorned with photos of the late Fidel Castro and Cuban flags.
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