The People’s National Congress Reform wishes to express its sadness at the death of Juan Almeida Bosque, Vice President of the Republic of Cuba, and a “Commander of the Revolution” who died on Saturday September 12, 2009 at the age of 82. The Party places on record its condolences to the people and Government of the Republic of Cuba and the relatives and friends of this outstanding son of Latin America and the Caribbean region.

Juan Almeida Bosque was well known to the people of Guyana as he visited this country on two (2) occasions to foster and promote relations between our two (2) countries. For this reason, among others, he became a well known and much liked member of that great group of Cuban leaders, who led the revolution to make Cuba truly independent and to put its people in full command of its national economy.

Vice President Bosque played an important role in the Cuban revolution of 1959, displaying both courage and a through understanding of the need to change Cuban society. This role is well known but needs to be recalled in summary, at this time of his death. Born in a poor neighbourhood of Havana, he worked as a bricklayer before entering the University of Havana where he met Cuba’s outstanding leader and statesman, President Fidel Castrol Ruiz. It was at this period that he forged a political relationship with Fidel and now President Raul Castro and participated in the unsuccessful assault on the Moncada Barracks. Amnestied, he went to Mexico where he was to continue his association with other Cuban revolutionaries and returned to Cuba to help lead the revolution. Vice President Bosque was chosen as a member of central committee and political bureau and held several government positions. At the time of his death he was one of just three (3) members of the Cuban Political Leadership who held the title of “Commander of the Revolution”.

Vice President Almeida’s life was one dedicated to the poor and down trodden and always exhibited discipline and courage. Apart from his brilliant political career he was also a well known musician and composed many well known Cuban songs.

The People’s National Congress Reform must record his gratitude that it was able count on the wisdom and assistance of several of the top Cuban leaders, including President Fidel Castro and Vice President Almeida, in promoting the relations between our two countries which have decidedly redounded to the benefit of our two peoples. In particular, the Party recalls the two visits by Vice President Almeida, which were important to this process. The PNCR is therefore, confident, that the name and reputation of Vice President Almeida will live always in the hearts of the Guyanese and Cuban people.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia
Georgetown, Guyana
Tuesday, September 15, 2009