Constitutional Reform in Cuban Parliament's Agenda

Havana, Cuba, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) The National Assembly of People's Power (Parliament) of Cuba is holding an special session today in which its lawmakers have on its agenda the approval of the constitutional reform process and the activation of the 10 permanent commissions.

The plenary session held by the Council of State, also includes the approval of the parliamentary friendship groups and the analysis of the opinion on the experiment in the western provinces of Artemisa and Mayabeque, an initiative aimed at strengthening government management and efficiency.

As announced here, the legislators will approve the commission responsible for drafting and presenting the draft Constitution of the Republic, which would introduce changes to the 1976 Constitution.

Last April, during the installation of the 9th Legislature of the National Assembly, the outgoing head of state and first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, Raul Castro, pointed out the reform does not imply renouncing the socialist project.

'It is an opportunity to clarify, once again,that we do not intend neither to modify the irrevocable character of socialism in our political and social system, nor the leading role of the Communist Party of Cuba, as an organized vanguard and superior leading force of society and the State', Raul Castro highlighted in a speech.

Regarding the permanent commissions, the following will be agreed: Agrifood, Constitutional and Legal Affairs, Economic Affairs, Childcare and Equal Rights for Women, Services, National Defense, Education, Culture, Science, Technology and Environment, Industry, Construction and Energy, International Relations and Health and Sport.

The 605 MPs elected on March 11 will also meet in plenary session tomorrow, a day dedicated to their preparation, particularly on issues such as the legislative procedure, the powers and functioning of the National Assembly, the Council of State and the permanent working committees.

On Monday, on the last day of sessions, the 10 committees will discuss the results of the work of the 8th Legislature and the directives for the 2018-2023 period.

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New Cuban Parliament will take office on April 19, 2018

Because of the exceptional situation caused by Hurricane Irma, the Cuban Parliament unanimously approved to extend the current period of the VIII Legislature that had to cease its functions on February 24, and the new deputies will take office on April 19, 2018.

At the proposal of the Council of State, the National Assembly of People's Power decided that by virtue of the devastation caused in Cuba by Hurricane Irma and that is established in the Constitution of the Republic, the current Legislature should be extended for two months.

Article 72 stipulates a five-year term for Parliament that "may only be extended by agreement of the Assembly itself in case of war or under other exceptional circumstances that prevent the normal holding of elections and while such circumstances remain."

Deputy Homero Acosta Álvarez, secretary of the Council of State, read the agreement of that entity that assessed the serious effects of the hurricane in the nation and that at the time it was necessary to extend the dates of the first stage of the elections, to extend until March 25 the validity of the current provincial assemblies of Popular Power and for April 19, that of the National.

In the new approved dates the President, Vice President and Secretary of the provincial and National assemblies will be elected, as well as the new members of the Council of State and its presidency.

José Luis Toledo Santander, president of the Parliament's Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee, pointed out that the proposal of the Council of State is covered by articles 72 and 111 of the Constitution of the Republic.

The severe effects of Hurricane Irma caused an exceptionality that is reflected in the Magna Carta, he said.

Toledo Santander pointed out that the reasons given become the basis for the need to extend the term of office of the VIII Legislature to complete the schedule drawn up by the National Electoral Commission, without affecting the quality of the process.

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State Council Appoints Date for the Constitution of Municipal Assemblies of People’s Power

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Starting December 17th, the elected delegates will proceed to constitute the Municipal Assemblies of People’s Power for a new mandate of two and a half years.

The State Council, through Agreement signed on December 4th of the running year determined that on December 17th, delegates chosen in the current elections of last November 26th and December 3rd to integrate the Municipal Assemblies of People’s Power, gathered by their own right, proceed to constitute them for a new mandate of two and a half years.

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Pakistan, Cuban NA ink MoU to boost cooperation

The Senate of Pakistan and the National Assembly of the People's Power of Cuba have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for strengthening cooperation on parliamentary affairs.

Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani said that the MoU would further boost the parliamentary cooperation to augment the existing close and friendly relations between the parliaments, governments and people of the two countries, as the parliaments embody the will and aspirations of the people.

The MoU has been signed between the Senate Secretariat and Cuban National Assembly Secretariat General in Havana. Senate Secretary Amjed Pervez Malik and his counterpart Miriam Brito Sarroca signed the MoU in the presence of Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani and president of National Assembly of People's Power of Cuba as well as parliamentarians from both the countries.

Raza Rabbani said that both the countries had inked this cooperation realising the fact that strengthening parliamentary interactions in bilateral and multilateral areas help enhance mutual trust and understanding, expand consensus and promote cooperation.

Desirous of further strengthening of their friendly relations and cooperation, the secretariats of Senate of Pakistan and Cuban National Assembly have agreed to promote exchange of parliamentary delegations, maintain friendship groups within both the parliaments and promote close interaction between the two sides through enhanced exchanges to generate a consensus-based approach on various regional and international issues. Both the secretariats have agreed to benefit from each other's experiences, knowledge and expertise by arranging study visits.

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Summoned the Sixth Ordinary Period of Sessions of the Eighth Legislature

On December 29 will take place at the Conventions Palace the Sixth Ordinary Period of Sessions of the Eighth Legislature of the National Assembly of People’s Power.

Republic of Cuba

National assembly of People’s Power

President

JUAN ESTEBAN LAZO HERNÁNDEZ, President of the National Assembly of People’s Power.

In use of the power invested in me by the Constitution of the Republic in its Article 81, item B,

I SUMMON

For December 29 of this year, at 9:00 a.m., at the Conventions Palace, to hold the Sixth Ordinary Period of Sessions of the Eighth Legislature of the National Assembly of People’s Power.

Circulate this memo to all deputies of the National Assembly of People’s Power, as well as to state organizations, as requested, and publish it on the Official Gazette of the Republic, for general knowledge.

GIVEN, in Havana city, on December 9, 2015. "Year 57 of the Revolution."

 

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