New Draft Constitution is Placed before Cuba's National Assembly for Debate and Adoption

  • Cuba’s national assembly debated on the newly drafted constitution, which moves away from the 1976 Soviet era, and proposes some sweeping changes. Most important changes proposed in the draft constitution include omission of the word “communism” as the country’s goal and replace it with socialism and its development. Two other important changes proposed in the new constitution are recognition of private ownership and gay marriages. Esteban Lazo, president of the national assembly, said by adopting the new constitution they are not renouncing their ideas but “believe in a socialist, sovereign, independent, prosperous and sustainable country.” The draft new constitution also stresses upon creating a more collective leadership structure.