Copies of Cuba’s proposed constitution went on sale this week in preparation for three months of national meetings where Cubans will be asked for their opinions and suggestions in advance of a constitutional referendum.

Cuba still hasn’t released a complete timeline for its constitutional approval process, but the comment period will run from Aug. 13 to Nov. 15 with the referendum expected early next year.

The constitutional rewrite makes changes such as adding a prime minister, restructuring the top echelon of government, imposing term limits, and allowing gay marriage.

The government said the changes were needed to reflect current Cuban reality as well as to incorporate reforms that began when Raúl Castro was president of the Council of State and Council of Ministers. He retired from those posts in April, but still heads Cuba’s Communist Party.



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