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The New Constitution of the Republic of Cuba

LIVE: Second Extraordinary Session of the Ninth Legislature of the National Assembly of People’s Power
With the presence of Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee; and Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Councils of State and Ministers; and other authorities of the Republic of Cuba, the Second Extraordinary Session of the Ninth Legislature of the National Assembly of People’s Power was convened, in which the new Constitution of the Republic of Cuba will be proclaimed

Author: Granma | internet@granma.cu
april 10, 2019 09:04:58

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Photo: Jose M. Correa
A group of young members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces ceremonial battalion entered the hall carrying the new Constitution.
Raúl, Díaz Canel, and Lazo stood awaiting them, and the first accepted the historic document and placed it on a pedestal, alongside the Guáimaro Magna Carta.
Lazo announced the closing of the extraordinary session and affirmed that the Constitution was proclaimed today, April 10, to guide the country’s present and future.
Raúl came down from the Presidential platform and shook hands with members of the Councils of Ministers sitting in the first row, while Díaz-Canel greeted deputies and Council of State and Ministers members sitting on the platform. A shout of “Viva la Revolución!” rang out, followed by a unanimous “Viva!” and prolonged applause. Continue reading

STATEMENT FROM MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

STATEMENT FROM MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Cuban Foreign Ministry strongly condemns disrespectful U.S. State Department declaration
The Republic of Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemns the disrespectful statement made by the United States Department of State, presented by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, in which an attempt is made to question the Constitutional referendum, freely and sovereignly conducted by Cubans this past February 24.

Author: Granma | internet@granma.cu
february 27, 2019 10:02:17

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Photo: Juvenal Balán
The Republic of Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemns the disrespectful statement made by the United States Department of State, presented by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, in which an attempt is made to question the Constitutional referendum, freely and sovereignly conducted by Cubans this past February 24.

The text of the statement is an expression of imperialist thinking deeply rooted in the foreign policy of the current U.S. administration. It reflects the pretension, already announced, to once again impose the Monroe Doctrine in the Western Hemisphere, accompanied now by McCarthyist intolerance.

The Cuban people spoke loud and clear on February 24, with resounding eloquence. They freely made use of the ballot box in the construction of socialism, doing so massively to express their will, despite the pernicious campaign by the United States government intended to influence the vote. Some time ago, Cubans cut short any U.S. pretension to control the destiny of our country.

The State Department should end the practice of meddling in the internal affairs of other states and interfering in electoral processes or votes in other nations. This is a mania that violates international law, with which the United States government disregards the norms that govern relations between sovereign states.

Havana, February 26, 2019

Cuba says YES to new Constitution

Cuba says YES to new Constitution
National Electoral Commission President Alina Balseiro Gutiérrez, in a press conference yesterday, confirmed preliminary results of the referendum indicating approval of the new Constitution with 86.85% of the votes cast

Redacción Digitalfebruary 26, 2019 09:02:10

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Photo: Tomada de Facebook
Preliminary results of the February 24 referendum indicate that 6,816,169 Cubans approved the new Constitution of the Republic, 73.3% of all eligible citizens over 16 years of age, reported National Electoral Commission President Alina Balseiro Gutiérrez, in a press conference yesterday.
She explained to the national and international media that preliminary data shows that 706, 400 persons voted NO, representing 7.6% of eligible voters.
Some 7,848,000 persons cast ballots, a voter turnout of 84.4%.

The Cuban people vote in Constitutional Referendum

Special coverage: The Cuban people vote in Constitutional Referendum

Today February 24, 124 years since the re-initiation of the nation’s independence struggle, in accordance with the law, thousands of Cubans are participating in the construction of a better future and strengthening unity around the Revolution

Redacción Digitalfebruary 24, 2019 09:02:43

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Photo: Granma

Much more coverage:  

http://en.granma.cu/cuba/2019-02-24/special-coverage-the-cuban-people-vote-in-constitutional-referendum

A Constitution enriched by the contributions of the Cuban people

A text enriched by the contributions of the Cuban people
Secretary of the Council of State, Homero Acosta, presented December 21 a detailed report to the National Assembly of People’s Power on the results of the popular consultation process on the draft Constitution, including the most debated issues and significant changes to the text

Author: Granma news staff | informacion@granma.cu
january 3, 2019 09:01:27

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This process of popular consultation on the draft Constitution of the Republic of Cuba is a genuine expression of the democratic and participatory nature of our socialist system. Photo: Studios Revolución

THE proposed Constitution of the Republic of Cuba was described as a text that has gained in quality in terms of its wording and content, enriched by the proposals emanating from the people, in the report presented December 21 by Homero Acosta, secretary of the Council of State, during the Second Ordinary Period of Sessions of the National Assembly of the People’s Power’s Ninth Legislature, on the results of the popular consultation process.

The resulting document is a genuine expression of the democratic and participatory nature of our socialist system. The broad popular participation in the process reflected the high degree of cultural and political education of the Cuban people and their commitment and majority identification with the perfecting of the country’s political, economic and social system.

It also highlights the transparency, organization, responsibility and rigor with which the preparation and realization of the consultation assemblies on the draft Constitution were carried out, as well as the collection, processing and analysis of the population’s proposals at all levels.

DEVELOPMENT AND RESULTS OF THE CONSULTATION

As agreed by the National Assembly of People’s Power in its ordinary session of July 21 and 22 this year, the draft Constitution of the Republic was submitted to a popular consultation process August 13 through November 15, 2018.

Prior to the consultation, working infrastructure was established to collect and process all the information derived from it, and those responsible for chairing the assemblies were trained to ensure the smoothest process.

The popular consultation process saw:

• 133,681 meetings, of which:

79,947 were of the general population

45,452 were held among groups of workers

3,441 among campesinos

1,585 among university students

3,256 among high school students

8,945,521 people attended these meetings
1,706,872 comments were made, of which:
783,174 proposals

666,995 modifications

32,149 additions

45,548 deletions

38,482 requests for clarification

This information was processed according to each of the paragraphs of the document submitted for consultation, and those that were very similar were grouped into 9,595 standard proposals (each conformed of an average of 78 individual proposals).

Also evaluated were the 2,125 proposals submitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX), received from Cubans residing abroad. Of these, 1,150 were modifications, 350 additions, 406 deletions and 219 requests for clarification. A total of 978 standard proposals were derived from these.

In total, the web page enabled by MINREX received 4,751 visits from 123 countries, although proposals were only registered from 58. The vast majority of these do not question the essence of the Cuban system.

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The deputies to the National Assembly of People’s Power undertook an exhaustive study of the changes to the document resulting from the popular consultation. Photo: Estudios Revolución

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New Cuban Constitution, for a society in which no one loses

New Cuban Constitution, for a society in which no one loses
A frequent topic of discussion in constitutional reform debates underway across the country is the issue of limiting the concentration of wealth
Author: Iroel Sánchez | internet@granma.cu
august 29, 2018 15:08:22

People of all ages are participating in the constitutional reform debate across the country.

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Photo: Endrys Correa Vaillant
Cuba is expanding rights, transforming its state structure to better respond to citizens concerns, and adapting legislation to match changes which have taken place over the last decade in the country’s economy to function within the difficult international situation. Since August 13, Fidel is being honored with a popular debate in which the entire people is acting as a constituent body, discussing a proposal that has already been the subject of extended debate in the National Assembly.
The analysis conducted by the National Assembly of People’s Power of the constitutional proposal now being considered by citizens included as one of its most intense moments the issue of whether or not the Constitution should explicitly declare that limiting the concentration of wealth is the responsibility of the state – defined as socialist and true to Martí’s precept, “The first law of our republic: the devotion of Cubans to the full dignity of man.”
First of all, it must be recalled that consensus emerged on this limitation during the broad debates held among millions of Cubans on the Guidelines for economic and social development, approved by the Sixth and Seventh Congresses of the Communist Party of Cuba, and the Conceptualization of the Economic and Social Model, in the initial version of which the idea was not present. Its inclusion was the product of a demand from the grassroots level and several delegates proposed it.

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With all and for the good of all

The press at a decisive civic moment
The press will play a decisive role in the constitutional reform consultation which began August 13 across the country, the most decisive civic test of recent years, according to sector leaders`

Author: Alejandra García | internet@granma.cu
august 16, 2018 10:08:07

With all and for the good of all.

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The press and journalists will play a decisive role in the constitutional reform consultation which began August 13 across the country, the most decisive civic test of recent years, according to experts and professionals who spoke during a conference yesterday, August 15.
The challenge we face of building consensus, around changes to be made in the Constitution, begins with considering the opinions of others for the good of all, commented Ricardo Ronquillo Bello, president of the Union of Cuban Journalists (UPEC), during a panel discussion entitled “The press in Cuba at the crossroads of a new Constitution.”
Ronquillo, who participated digitally, insisted that this process demands innovation and creativity of journalists, on traditional platforms and on channels offered by new information technology, so the debate is transparent and the way opinions are collected and evaluated is clear to all.
Dr. Rosa Miriam Elizalde, UPEC first vice president, emphasized the importance of knowing the country’s constitutional history, beginning in the
Guáimaro Constitution of 1869, which included freedom of the press among Cubans’ individual rights.
She noted however that past guarantees have referred only to the rights reporters and media, and not of those seeking information. The current proposal, she pointed out, establishes freedom of expression and access to information, as well as the responsibility of all authorities to make public information they have.
Dr. Elizalde emphasized as well, “This document safeguards the political, class character of our press, defining the property that sustains it as socialist, owned by the people as a whole, blocking the possibility that a private monopoly remerge in Cuba’s media sector.”
The meeting took place at UPEC headquarters in Havana, with journalists, experts, and academics participating, and served to recall the organization’s former president Antonio Moltó, who died August 15, 2017, as well as other journalists recently deceased: Ana María Radaelli, Jesús Hernández, Pedro Hernández Soto, Lázaro Fernández, Rafael Daniel, and Renato Recio, among others.
UPEC has activated an email account to receive comments on issues related to the press included in the proposed Constitution: constitucion@upec.cu.

Preparations for popular discussion of Constitutional reform

Preparations underway for popular discussion of Constitutional reform
National seminar on consultation process held in Havana

Author: Granma | internet@granma.cu
july 31, 2018 09:07:02

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Photo: Tony Hernández
Concluded yesterday, July 30, in Havana was a two-day national seminar on the Constitutional reform consultation process, which included more than 280 provincial representatives of the Party, the Young Communists League, mass organizations, the Union of Jurists, political leaders of the Ministries of the Revolutionary Armed Forces and the Interior, as well as the commission charged with Implementation and Development of Policy Guidelines, the National Electoral Commission, the Center for Socio-political Studies, and the Ministry of Foreign Relations.

The Sunday session was devoted to an exchange with the committee of deputies charged with drafting the proposal that was debated, modified, and approved by the National Assembly, and will be discussed by the population August 13 through November 15.

On Monday an explanation was presented as to how proposals and comments will be compiled from the more than 135,000 meetings to be held in workplaces, schools, community centers, and abroad – which will be conducted by 7,600 two-person teams who will receive further training.

Some 600,000 copies of the proposed Constitutional reform will be offered for sale at the cost of one CUP, while the draft is also available online.

As Army General Raúl Castro Ruz stated July 26, the success of the popular consultation depends on the active, committed participation of all Cubans, to ensure understanding of the changes proposed, and reaffirm the irrevocable nature of socialism in the country and the continuity of the Revolution.

A Constitution to serve Cuba, the Cuban Constitution is updated

A Constitution to serve Cuba
The first period of ordinary sessions of the National Assembly of People’s Power’s 9th Legislature concluded yesterday, July 22, after addressing a full agenda of important issues, outstanding among which was a proposed new Constitution
Author: National news staff | informacion@granma.cu
july 23, 2018 09:07:50

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The first period of ordinary sessions of the National Assembly of People’s Power’s 9th Legislature concluded yesterday, July 22, after addressing a full agenda of important issues, outstanding among which was the approval of a proposal for new Constitution of the Republic.
Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, and Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, were among the 600 legislators who approved plans to submit the draft, as modified during this session, to popular consultation, August 13 through November 15.
Esteban Lazo Hernández, National Assembly president, commented on the high level of discussion and commended the work done to prepare the proposal, which will serve to help the people during the consultation over the next three months.
Also approved during the ordinary sessions were a new Council of Ministers; the 2017 state budget settlement; and reports from standing committees working on Economic Affairs, and on Constitutional and Legal Affairs.