Cubans in over 100 Countries Speak Out on Constitution Project

By Martha Andrés Román, United Nations, Oct 1 (Prensa Latina) Cubans in over one hundred countries made as of today two thousand proposals on the Constitution project, leading to substitute present Magna Carta adopted since 1976.

As director of Consular Affairs and Cuban Residents Abroad (DACCRE) of the Foreign Ministry of the Caribbean island, Ernesto Soberon, this unedited process has been very well received by compatriots living in other places and their relatives in the Greater of the Antilles.

The process was conceived in a way that all Cubans can take part in the debate on the Constitutional Project, said Soberon in the context of the participation of the Cuban President, Miguel Diaz-Canel and a delegation of the island, in the UN General Assembly.

As we have Cubans living in 120 countries of the world, a section of the digital portal Nation and Emigration was arranged so they have access to a form online in order to express their criteria, remembered the official.

The summons went to most of the countries where we have co-nationals, and we have received over two thousand proposals from 104 countries, which have to do with diverse articles of the text, he detailed.

He added that most opinions come from Cubans residing in the United States, Spain and Mexico, where there are big groups of people of Cuban origin.

According to the director of DACCRE, very respectful and intelligent criteria, in which are evident study of the Constitutional Project.

It is an enriching process, because these Cubans have the experience of other countries in the world and can compare on one or another issue, he considered.

Soberon sustained there was some doubt on the issue that the debate in Cuba started on August 13th, while the digital section started on the 31st of that month, but he indicated that those who live in other nations can access the website and emit their opinions however times they wish.

There is no limitation in that sense, assured the official, who added there is an increase in the participation of persons online, because it is a process that people are notified.

About the operation of that space in Internet, he said they have had no report of difficulties to access the website.

Last Friday, when meeting at the Cuban Permanent Mission before the UN with compatriots living in the United States, Diaz-Canel called them to contribute their opinions of the new Magna Carta.

Any of you that has traveled recently to Cuba can confirm the extraordinary people’s mobilization around the consultation and I encourage you to contribute your opinions to the improvement and development of our nation, sovereign, independent, socialist, democratic, prosperous and sustainable, he urged.

The participation of Cubans who live out of the country in this debate process, he said that day, is coherent with our participative democracy and a mirror of the present moment of our history, characterized, among other aspects, by increasing and diverse links between Cubans residing abroad and in their country of origin.

The Constitution Project was approved by parliament (Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular) last July, and it contains a preamble and 224 articles (87 more than the present Magna Carta), divided into 11 titles, 24 chapters and 16 sections.

The constitutional proposal, whose debate will continue until November 15, reaffirms the socialist nature of the political, economic and social system of the Caribbean nation, as well as the leading role of the Communist Party of Cuba.

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