Cuba Discards Aim of Building Communism from Draft Constitution

(From The Guardian)

A draft of Cuba’s new constitution omits the aim of building communism, recognizes private property and opens the door to gay marriage, although it keeps the Communist party as the guiding force of the one-party system.

Cuba’s national assembly was this weekend debating a draft of the document to replace its Soviet-era constitution, reflecting political, social and economic changes designed to make its brand of socialism sustainable.

Once lawmakers have approved the draft, it will be submitted to a popular consultation. The final document, which could include changes, will then be put to a national referendum.

The draft omits a clause in the 1976 constitution on the ultimate aim of building a “communist society“, instead simply focusing on socialism.

“This does not mean we are renouncing our ideas,” the president of the national assembly, Esteban Lazo, was quoted as saying by state-run media. Cuba had simply moved into a different era following the fall of the Soviet Union, he said.

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