Head of Cuba's Ladies in White to submit leadership to vote

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Posted: Feb 22, 2015 10:55 PM
Head of Cuba's Ladies in White to submit leadership to vote

HAVANA (AP) — Berta Soler, one of Cuba's best-known dissidents as head of the Ladies in White, said Sunday she'll submit her leadership of the opposition group to a vote by members living inside the country.

Soler's announcement came after members of the Ladies in White living outside Cuba called on her to resign after a video emerged recently showing members booing and repudiating another dissident in December in the group's Havana headquarters.

The group's estimated 270 members in Cuba will vote on her leadership on March 16, she said. "The Ladies active in Cuba are going to be the ones who decide if I will remain at the head of the movement."

The members of the Ladies in White and 30 activists later began a march but changed their habitual route. An Associated Press reporter saw them take a tunnel on a Havana avenue but didn't see them emerge.

Soler and other members of the group did not answer telephone calls seeking clarification of what had happened or if the members had been detained.

A group of women formed the opposition organization more than a decade ago to press for the release of imprisoned family members.