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Cuban democracy: inclusive and committed to the people

By Rosa María Moros Fernández / Radio Cadena Agramonte.

In the recently concluded V Ordinary Period of Sessions of the National Assembly of People's Power (Cuban Parliament), Deputy Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez assured that the approval of the laws of the President and Vice President of the Republic, and that of Organization and Functioning of the Council of Ministers, together with those already established in previous periods, strengthen the institutional order in the country.

This process emerged on the national scene exactly 44 years ago today, when the 169 Municipal Assemblies of People's Power were constituted simultaneously on October 31, 1976, as a result of a group of decisions adopted to structure the system of representative institutions of the State.

This moment was crucial in the context of the political-administrative and legislative transformations that Cuba experienced that year, in accordance with the provisions of the Magna Carta, approved on February 24, 1976, which in one of its first articles stated that, in Cuba:

“The political system is genuinely democratic, with broad citizen participation; it is based on dignity, equality and the real exercise of human rights. It establishes that all citizens enjoy equal rights and are subject to equal duties”.

Such premises, ratified for more than four decades by the management of local governments, periodic exchanges with the people, and the accountability of the delegates to their electors, have perfected styles and working methods throughout that time, always on the basis of popular opinion, and as one of the strengths of revolutionary democracy.

This participatory tradition is taken to higher levels by the Constitution, also approved on February 24, but 2019, whose provisions take shape in the body of laws that gradually expand and enrich the scope of our local government structures.

The recent working session of the National Assembly of People's Power confirms that the institutionalization of the country is an entity in constant development, capable of renewing and strengthening itself, tempering its ways of doing things to the complex circumstances that the world is experiencing, and that in our case, the impacts of a fierce blockade.

The prior consultations with the deputies on the new laws brought to the vote on October 28 - to which were added the suggestions of the population, processed via email - once again highlighted the participatory nature of our socialist democracy.

Perfectible, like any human work, the governing bodies that gave body and voice to the institutionalization of the country 44 years ago, now, in full maturity, face major challenges in which the Municipal Assemblies are called to play roles of greater scope., which can only be materialized with the cohesion and effort of all.

For this Cuban people, the President of the Republic asked the National Assembly for a special tribute in the form of applause, similar to the one that every night recognizes health personnel, because without popular understanding of each measure, without massive participation in their discussion, the political ideal would be just that.

It is clear that in Cuba power belongs to the people, the fundamental architect in the management of each locality. This essential principle is validated by more than four decades of constant learning to continue building an atypical democracy from the base, very much ours, always anchored in citizen consensus. (Photo: File)