Cuban Parliament Rubber Stamps Electoral Law Calling for a Prime Minister

Cuban president Miguel Diaz Canel on Saturday at a Cuban parliament session. Photo: Juvenal Balan /

HAVANA TIMES – Cuba’s parliament on Saturday approved a new electoral law which calls for both a president and a prime minister but does not allow for a multi-party system, maintaining the Communist Party as the only permitted political organization, reported dpa news.

Like the president and parliament deputies, the prime minister can now be elected to a maximum of two 5-year consecutive terms.

The new electoral law was unanimously approved in the parliamentary session which included former Cuban President Raul Castro, who remains at the head of the powerful Communist Party of Cuba, and current President Miguel Diaz-Canel.

Diaz-Canel is expected to remain at the head of the country and appoint a prime minister, a position for which there are still no official candidates. He is Cuba’s first president since 1976 to not come from the Castro family. Prior to 1976, Fidel Castro had been the country’s Prime Minister.

The figures of president and prime minister existed until 1976 when they disappeared with the approval of the first socialist constitution. At the time two roles were merged into the president of the Council of State, an organ of parliament, assumed by Fidel Castro until he resigned for health reasons in July, 2006, substituted by his brother Raul.

Cuba adopted a new constitution in April of this year which allows a minor economic opening, amid concern over the deterioration of the island’s economy.

The new constitution was approved by more than 86 per cent of voters in a referendum in February, according to the the government.

With the new legislation, parliament will be downsized from 605 deputies currently to 474 seats.

Despite the changes, the essence of the political system remains intact. It is a one-party system in which the Communist Party puts forward all parliamentary candidates via nominating committees.

Once seated, the parliament customarily approves all decrees handed to it from the executive by unanimous vote; it generates almost no legislation itself.

9 thoughts on “Cuban Parliament Rubber Stamps Electoral Law Calling for a Prime Minister

  • July 15, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Manuel Ortega uses the customary defence for the Castro communist regime – ie: things are possibly even worse elsewhere. He states that both Fidel and Raul demonstrated a sense of humour, so perhaps he can show a photograph of Raul laughing? The thousands of victims of Castro executions, found little evident humour.
    The statement that ” There is still plenty of debate and new ideas among those who choose to participate within this kind of single party political structure.” is simply hilarious. The Poder Popular does no debate – it rubber-stamps the decisions taken by Raul Castro and extended by puppet Diaz-Canel.
    And what are those “new ideas”? Please list a few. All one can observe from within Cuba is a re-hash of 19th century out-dated philosophy and a high level of mismanagement and incompetence by a tired-out bunch of communist party hacks. We all recall the posters littered around Cuba extolling “Los Ideas” emanating from the octogenarians who were and still are in power and control.
    As for China, Xi too seeks total power and control as demonstrated in Hong Kong where the majority of the population has taken to the streets to endeavour to retain a degree of democracy against the “national principles and values” of the communist regime.
    The US constitution provides for freedom of the media – the Cuban constitution does the reverse and those who dare openly to express views contrary to communism are locked up as “dissidents”.
    No Manual Ortega, it is self evident that you have little knowledge of the reality of life for the average Cuban, being somewhat blinded by your support of repression. I speak as one who attends meetings of a discussion group in Cuba and am witness to the deep care members have to take in expressing personal views rather than adhering to the communist party line. Here on HT we are using the privilege of free speech – Cubans long for it!
    The sins and errors of your own country do not excuse those of the Castro regime.

  • July 15, 2019 at 2:29 am

    In fact, both Fidel and Raul demonstrated a sense of humour while trying to lead Cuba through the minefield of US economic sanctions and subterfusion (at times outright terrorism) against their nation.

  • July 15, 2019 at 2:07 am

    And yet the quality of life in Cuba seems noticeably better than one finds in other Caribbean places I have been including various parts of Mexico, Guatamala, Dominicab Relublic, Honduras and even parts of Puerto Rico. Though organizations are poorly funded & equipped, Cubans have much more opportunity to excel in education, health care, the arts and sports. As in China, the Communist Party in Cuba is like an equivalent to our US constitution, providing national principles & values to guide governance – the most important to be an independent nation unlike past colonial control by Spain & then the US. There is still plenty of debate and new ideas among those who choose to participate within this kind of single party political structure. The US embargo (and horrible sanctions the bully US applies to foreign companies who dare fo business with Cuba) creates great economic difficulty as the price Cubans pay for exerting their independence.

  • July 14, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    What the Cuban regime fails to report is that in 1976, they claimed that 98% of the electorate voted 99.02% in favour of the constitution, but in 2019 they only claimed that 89% voted with 87.2% in favour of the new constitution. simple arithmetic shows a reduction of 15% in support.
    All the figures are those of the regime and consequently subject to their manipulation, but the reduction does demonstrate that it isn’t possible to fool all the people all the time any longer.
    One thing that Diaz-Canel inherited from Raul as illustrated in photographs and on TV is a total lack of humour! Maybe that is because there is no amusement within communist thought or indeed anything to laugh about.

  • July 14, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Time has shown, and will continue to show, to the world how corrupt this so called government is, and always has been!!! Castro and his henchmen have been killing, incarcerating the citizens of Cuba, since he took over, from another dictator, who was of the very same ilk, cut from the same rotten material as he and his bunch!!

  • July 14, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    Let’s remember that quote that goes ” if you break it you own it.”

  • July 14, 2019 at 6:50 am

    I thought Diaz Canal was a economics major ! Was he sleeping during class ?

  • July 14, 2019 at 6:48 am

    S O S ! Stuck on stupid

  • July 13, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Cuba cuba cuba …..good luck …..a one party goverment ….still…you are NEVER going to be successful….and you will blame EVERYONE …else……i have to laugh at you ….

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