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Flavio Bravo Pardo

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Flavio Bravo Pardo (July 18, 1921 - February 27, 1988) was a Cuban communist soldier and politician. He was President of the National Assembly of People's Power between 1981 and 1987.


Flavio Bravo Pardo was born in Havana, Cuba, on July 18, 1921. He had to get out of high school at the age of thirteen in order to work and financially support his family.

In the 1930s, he joined the Hermandad de Jóvenes Cubanos, a youth organization of the Communist Party, and chaired its National Workers Commission. In 1938 he was elected as the youth leader of the Workers' Federation of Havana and in 1939, with the creation of the Central de Trabajadores de Cuba, he joined it.

In 1940 the Cuban Youth Brotherhood and the People's Youth Association merged to create the Cuban Revolutionary Youth. Flavio Bravo Pardo was an outstanding painting of this.

In 1941 he received military training and in 1942 the Communist Party appointed him responsible for the Organization of the National Committee of the Cuban Revolutionary Youth.

On November 18, 1944, the Socialist Youth of Cuba was created. Bravo chaired the organization for 12 years.

In 1945 he was elected a member of the Central Committee of the Popular Socialist Party (PSP). In 1953 the party was outlawed and Bravo became part of the National Executive Committee in hiding.

On November 10, 1956, the PSP commissioned Bravo to meet with Fidel Castro in Mexico . Until then, the PSP had had differences with the July 26 Movement, but then they agreed to support the arrival of Granma.

Military career[edit]

After the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, Bravo became part of the PSP Military Commission and was promoted to captain of the Rebel Army. He later served as first head of the Eastern Army operations until 1961.

In 1961 he was part of a delegation that traveled to the Soviet Union to negotiate defensive support against the United States.

He was head of the Operations Directorate of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba until 1964. During his tenure, he participated in the defense of the Bay of Pigs invasion. As a member of the Armed Forces participated in international missions in Algeria in 1963 in Guinea in 1967.

He was part of the management of the Organizations Revolutionary Integrated and United Party of the Socialist Revolution of Cuba to finally join the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba in 1965.

Political career[edit]

In 1970 he left his positions in the Armed Forces and was entrusted with managerial tasks in the industrial sector, consumer goods and domestic trade. On November 24, 1972, he was appointed vice prime minister. In the 1976 parliamentary elections, he was elected deputy to the National Assembly of People's Power of Cuba.

On December 28, 1981, he was appointed president of the National Assembly of the People's Power of Cuba.


He died in Havana on February 27, 1988, still in the exercise of his functions in the National Assembly. He was buried in the Pantheon of the Armed Forces of the Christopher Columbus Necropolis.

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