Just three months after Miguel Diaz-Canel took over the presidency of Cuba from Raul Castro, his government has unveiled a new Council of Ministers—essentially, Cuba’s Cabinet—along with the draft of a new constitution and sweeping new regulations on the island’s emergent private sector. While the changes announced represent continuity with the basic reform program Raul Castro laid out during his tenure, they are nevertheless significant milestones along the road to a more market-oriented socialist system.

The discussion and approval of the draft constitution was the main event of last week’s National Assembly meeting. The revised charter will now be circulated for public debate, revised, reconsidered by the National Assembly, and then submitted to voters in a referendum early next year. The avowed reason for revamping the constitution is to align it with the economic reforms spelled out in 2011 and 2016 that constitute the blueprint for Cuba’s transition to market socialism. Cuba’s 1976 constitution, adopted at the height of its adherence to a Soviet model of central planning, reflected “historical circumstances, and social and economic conditions, which have changed with the passing of time,” as Raul Castro explained two years ago.


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Date Title
7/31/18 Current Record
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7/26/18 Cuba badly needs currency reform, but it won’t happen yet, economists say
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
7/25/18 Castro seeks to do away with the old guard as a way to preserve socialism, analysts say
Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
7/24/18 Top State officials visit Cuba, probe new health "attacks"
Steve Dorsey, NBC News
7/23/18 After decades of homophobia, Cuba closer to allowing same-sex marriage
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7/23/18 With significant constitutional changes, Cuba's leaders aim for their system's survival
Carmen Sesin, NBC News
7/22/18 Cuba ditches aim of building communism from draft constitution
Reuters, The Guardian
7/19/18 Spain does U-turn on Cuba and Venezuela in favor of dialogue
Javier Casqueiro, El Pais
7/18/18 Miami Democrat says Cuba visit reinforced need to lift embargo
David Smiley, Miami Herald
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7/18/18 Cuba's anointed president could lose more power with constitutional reforms supported by Castro
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7/17/18 Miami billboards accuse cruise ships that sail to Cuba of dealing in confiscated property
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7/17/18 Communist-run Cuba starts rolling out internet on mobile phones
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7/17/18 Commission probing Cuba plane crash rejects speculation about cause
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7/15/18 Cuba to recognise private property under new constitution
BBC
7/15/18 Nicaraguan torture victims say Venezuelan and Cuban accents have been heard in prisons
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7/12/18 Seven members of Congress say now is the time to indict Raúl Castro
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Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
7/11/18 State Department still investigating diplomats' illnesses in Cuba, China
Reuters
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7/10/18 Statement on New Regulations for Cuba's Private Sector Files
7/9/18 American, JetBlue and Southwest bid for Delta's former Cuba route
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Bruce Campian-Smith, Toronto Star
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