Havana, Sep 21. -The Cuban government is establishing some mechanisms to modernize its legislation, in the context of actions to update the island's socio-economic model without abandoning its socialist nature, experts observe in this capital.
The constitutional reform underway represents the main path in that direction, a process that should conclude in February 2019 with a popular referendum to define the approval or not of a new Constitution, which would replace the one in force since 1976.
The Council of Ministers met this week in this capital, and a working group was activated to direct, coordinate, assess and control the legislative work that emerges from the implementation of the new law of laws, if in fact, as expected, is supported at polls by most Cubans.
The group is led by the president of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel, who called during the recent meeting to take advantage of all potentialities in the field of lawyers.
The secretary of the Council of State, Homero Acosta, warned that if a new Constitution comes into force, it would be necessary to work hard, considering the avalanche of regulations that would have to be issued to achieve the proper legal implementation. According to experts consulted by Prensa Latina, the Caribbean nation would have to draw up or update at least 50 laws, a figure that is still far from being definitive.
The president of the People's Power National Assembly, Esteban Lazo, said on Wednesday that the first task of the Legislative Power after the Constitution was approved should be to draw up a new Electoral Law.
During a meeting held at the Capitol with South African parliamentary leader Baleka Mbete, Lazo extolled the popular consultation that began on August 13th and will end on November 15th, about the new Draft Constitution, which represents a total reform of the one in force.
He highlighted the broad participation of Cubans from all sectors in the meetings held in neighborhoods, workplaces and schools.
At the end of the discussion process, which also includes Cuban residents abroad and those who fulfill official cooperation missions in other countries, the proposals for addition, modification or elimination in the text of 224 Articles will return to the National Assembly, in order to establish the document that will be submitted to a referendum.
The initiative approved in the Assembly on July 22nd for popular debate includes significant changes in the structure of the State, broadens the forms of property and individual rights, and establishes principles for the development of the economy and the execution of the foreign policy of the island.
Although the text is a total reform of the current law of laws, it maintains the socialist nature of Cuba and the leading role in the society of the Communist Party. (Taken from Prensa Latina)