Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said that while reforms loom in the Communist country, they would not be an embrace of capitalism.
Cuba is set to adopt constitutional reforms that will recognize private property and the market economy, to update its legal system.
Yet it does not want to abandon Communism, which in Cuban terms values health care and education but also frowns upon differences in personal wealth.
“In Cuba, there is not going to be, and there will not be, shifts to capitalism or concessions of any kind to those who would like to, in 1,000 different ways, move us away from historical … policies of the revolution,” Diaz-Canel, 58, said in an address.
“Simply expect from us efforts and decisions aimed at fighting, uniting, … and winning, he told the crowd.
In a reform of the island nation’s 1976 constitution expected to be quickly approved, the fundamental means of production will remain under central control. But foreign investment will be recognized as an important spur to development, according to details of the document published Saturday by the official newspaper Granma.
But the Communist Party will remain “the superior leading force of society and of the state.”
The proposed changes come as Diaz-Canel, a former provincial leader, is in only his third month as Cuban president, succeeding two icons of Cuba’s revolutionary generation, Raul Castro and before him — his brother Fidel.
The draft constitution says the Council of Ministers, effectively the island’s government, “will be under the direction of a prime minister,” returning to the pre-1976 system.
Cuba had hoped that a diplomatic opening to the United States, agreed on with then president Barack Obama, would stimulate the island’s struggling economy.
But Obama’s successor, Donald Trump, reversed that detente, to the dismay of many Cubans.
The 57-year-old First Vice President is the pre-ordained choice of Raul Castro as he steps down, ensuring that the vote in the National Assembly to appoint him will be little more than a formality, as it is in all nations rooted in the evils of Marxism.
The reality of Marxist forms of rule (Socialism, Communism, Nazism, Democrat-Socialism, etc) people have no choice, and the elite Politburo make all the decisions at the behest of the dictator.
The irony is that Marxism and it’s derivatives claim to hand power back to the people, but in practice, hand all of the power to a tiny group of elitists who then decide the fate of the entire nation, with no recourse but suffering or revolution to capitalism & constitutional Republics to find the freedom they sought.
The successor to Fidel and Raul Castro has spent three decades in a ruthless climb to the summit of the Communist Party. He is ideally placed to continue ruling the nation under an iron first as the Castro brothers mentored him to do..
It is speculated that Fidel Castro’s eldest son who committed suicide, did so after finding out he would not be following in his father’s footsteps and creating a monarchy with a Communist economic system, akin to North Korea.
He will be the first Cuban leader born after the 1959 revolution — and perhaps crucially for some of the generals that will be under his command — the first not to have fought in it.
“There is a tradition in Cuba of strong men at the head of the State,” said Cuban watcher Arturo Lopez-Levy of the University of Texas-Rio Grande.
– Ruthless side –
Though he was often portrayed as a moderate with a quiet disposition, a video of a private meeting with Communist Party members released last year showed another side — a ruthless man with hardline Communist views lashing out at Cuban dissidents and the US.
He intentionally avoids interviews and speaks only at public meetings.
A father of two children from his first marriage, Diaz-Canel remarried, to Liz Cuesta, an academic specializing in Communist Cuban culture.
After studying electrical engineering in the central province of Villa Clara, he became a university professor before going to work for Cuba’s all-powerful Communist Party.
In 1994, he was appointed the party’s provincial secretary in Villa Clara, where locals were impressed to see him riding his bicycle, portraying a simplicity uncommon among the regime’s leaders.
In 2003, while serving in the eastern province of Holguin, he joined the select 15-member Political Bureau, an essential step for any aspirant to power.
In 2009, Raul Castro, who had inherited power from his ailing brother Fidel three years earlier, tapped him to be higher education minister.
Having secured his position within the Communist Party, he continued consolidating his power when he acceded to one of the eight vice-presidency positions in the Council of Ministers.
Finally, in 2013, he was appointed to the powerful Council of State in preparation to his accession to dictator of the Communist nation.
If he follows the pattern of other Communist dictators in the past, there will be a purge of the higher ranks with kangaroo courts following a predetermined verdict, followed by public executions.
Castro will continue to serve as head of the Communist Party, and last year traced out a roadmap of party-approved “guidelines” to implement the political and economic reforms he has initiated.
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July 18th, 2018