April 19, 2011 by staff
Fidel Castro, The Cubans could face an economic and political shock today, when details of the reforms adopted at the Sixth Party Congress released at the close of the summit.
The delegates have been debating on Saturday more than 300 proposals to reform the struggling economy. They are also set to approve new party leadership – the messages that have been held by former President Fidel Castro and his younger brother Ra l Castro president since they were created?
The Congress was the first in 14 years, and has highlighted the profound changes adopted by Ra l Castro? Who officially assumed the presidency of Cuba in , after years of continuous government by Fidel Castro. In the beginning, Ra? L Castro proposed term limits for leaders and stressed the need to groom a younger generation to continue on the path of socialism.
“It starts to show people that Cuba will be very different under Ra? L Fidel,” said Andy Gomez, senior fellow at the Institute for Cuban & Cuban-American at the University of Miami.
President Ra? L Castro is expected to take over the party leadership of his brother, who wrote in a column dated Monday he would step down.
The Cubans will be watching to see who fills Ra? L Castro secretary seconds.
State media reported that the delegates voted unanimously Monday to put reforms on the table. Details will be forthcoming in a closing speech given by Ra l Castro? Later today. Some of the items on the agenda include the right to sell the property, and the elimination of the dual currency system and food ration card for those who do not.
Many economic proposals have been discussed for months, after Ra? L Castro announced last fall that half a million Cubans would be taken off the state payroll. Many of them will be allowed to establish private enterprises.
Congress will not enforce the proposals put to the vote, but the National Assembly is expected to adopt as law in the coming weeks.
The theme of the Congress, which opened on Saturday, has been the need to inject more youth into the socialist revolution. Many top leaders hail from the time of the revolution led by Fidel Castro.
In his opening speech on Saturday, Ra? L stressed the need for younger Cubans to lead the revolution and said the political government should be limited to two terms of five years.
Fidel Castro appeared to support changes in a column Monday in the state newspaper Granma. “The new generation is called to rectify and change without hesitation all that needs to be corrected and changed and continue to prove that socialism is also the art of the impossible,” he wrote.
The news of term limits dotted around the world, but Mr. Gomez says he is not a transition to democracy, with strong opposition, but a change that will be strictly controlled within the party. “What this confirms is that the old guard has become too old,” says Gomez.
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