Cuba’s New Constitution is Modern and Revolutionary, Specialist Says

Havana, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s new Constitution is very modern, revolutionary for the times we live in, in Cuba and in the world, a specialized source stressed Friday.

‘When you study other countries’ constitutions, you realize that ours comes from the experiences of other countries, but it is very Cuban’, said Lisset Robaina, a researcher on local and territorial development issues at Cuba’s National Institute of Economic Research.

‘It is a Constitution that strengthens the power of the people. That’s important because we’re a socialist society and that’s how it’s been declared since the beginning of the Revolution,’ she said during an interview with Prensa Latina.

‘Since 2011, with the Cuban Communist Party’s Sixth Congress, when the model begins to be updated, it has been declared, even from the point of view of the local territorial part, that we must move towards a decentralization process, with more autonomy in the local powers, where the municipality exercises the function that is given by law,’ she said.

‘Nowadays almost a whole page of the new Constitution is dedicated to what the municipal council does, to what the municipal assembly does and it has much more autonomy. That’s very new,’ Robaina said.

‘From the practical point of view, she emphasized, for the first time it is recognized that there is an economic plan, a budget and comprehensive development plan for each of the municipalities. That until now was something that Ministries had been pushing, but without any political support, and now of course constitutional,’ she added.

‘The new Constitution recognizes that each municipality will have its own integral development plan, and also recognizes the role of territorial and urban planning in that process,’ she added.

Regarding the province, the specialist opined that the creation of this provincial council also imposes a different hint, very important because it will be represented by the Presidents of each of the municipalities.

In terms of letter, in this part of the local the Constitution has become very complete, very compact. The fundamental challenge now lies in the entire legislative body behind it to implement it, she pointed out.

In her opinion, it is of great importance that it has been reflected that we’re going towards a decentralization process where the municipality is the fundamental cell and has autonomy in its management. ‘From there on, we are going to build the process along the way.

More than eight million Cubans are summoned to the polls on February 24 to pronounce on the new Constitution of the Republic, to replace the one in force since 1976.

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