HAVANA (Reuters) – Communist-run Cuba passed a new electoral law on Saturday that restructures governance including creating the role of prime minister and provincial governors while retaining the one-party system.
The law, which enacts changes already announced in the new constitution and was passed unanimously by the national assembly, aims to lighten the load on single figureheads such as the president and boost policy execution.
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Some Cubans wish the political reform under Miguel Diaz-Canel, who took the presidency from Raul Castro last year, had gone further in light of Cuba’s social and economic opening over the last decade.
It should, for example, have abolished the Communist Party-controlled commissions that select the candidates for the national assembly elections, they say.
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“It’s important citizens feel they are choosing between several candidates and are not just ratifying names that have been selected previously,” said Carlos Rodriguez, a bus driver in Havana.
Diaz-Canel however has signaled the presidential handover does not mean sweeping political change. He has, for example, used the hashtag #SomosContinuidad (#WeAreContinuity) since launching his twitter account last year.
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Cuba has long argued its system it more democratic than western ones as it is not driven by parties funded by lobbies seeking to push their specific interests.
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