Monday, 17 June 2019 10:10

Cuba Shares Experiences of Constitutional Process with China

Written by Yolaidy Martínez Ruiz
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The secretary of the Council of State of Cuba, Homero Acosta, started a visit to China on Monday to explain the experiences resulting from the recent constitutional reform, characterized by its broad participation and democracy.

 

Beijing.- In an interview with Prensa Latina, Acosta, who is also a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), said that at his meetings with local leaders, he will share the experiences gathered in every stage of the process until its conclusion on April 10, when the new Constitution of the Republic was proclaimed.

The Constitution reaffirms Cuba's socialist character and the PCC's leading role in society, shows changes in the State's structure, expands individual rights and guarantees, strengthens the people's power from the grassroots (municipalities) and recognizes several forms of property, including the private property.

The new Constitution replaced the one approved in 1976. It contains 87 additional articles and nearly seven million Cubans supported it at the polls when they exercised their right to free, direct and secret voting.

Acosta added that he plans to learn about some initiatives implemented in China for several years, because Cuba has changed its institutional design and there are new figures within the higher apparatus of the State.

He expressed great expectations because his stay here is part of the continuity of fluid and permanent bilateral exchanges, and a historic, solid relationship that grows and gets deeper every day.

On the other hand, the top Cuban leader described as excellent the bilateral ties in legal matters, an area where the two friendly countries have signed agreement between their prosecutor's offices, high-level delegations have paid reciprocal visits and Cuban students have received legal training in China.

Acosta assured that the first visit to Cuba by Chinese Attorney General Zhang Jun in May paved the way for several opportunities for exchange and cooperation between those institutions.

The Cuban leader's agenda in China includes meetings with officials from the Ministry of Justice, the Commission of Legal and Constitutional Affairs of the People's National Assembly (Parliament) and the Chinese Law Society, in addition to members of the Communist Party of China and the Foreign Ministry.

Acosta arrived in Beijing from Vietnam and will stay in this capital until June 21. He is accompanied by Cuban Deputy Justice Minister Rosabel Gamón, and Yumil Rodríguez, deputy chief of the Secretariat of the Council of State. (PL)

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