Raul Castro at Cuban Parliament Session

President Raul Castro, VP Miguel Diaz Canel and Communist Party strongman José Ramón Machado Ventura at the parliament session in Havana.  Foto: cubadebate.cu

HAVANA TIMES — Cuban President Raul Castro attends a closed-door session of the island’s one chamber parliament on Saturday with the fight against corruption expected to be one of the topics of discussion.

Around 600 deputies are meeting Havana to participate in the session focusing on financial and budgetary matters, said the official media.

The Comptroller General of the Republic office, created in 2009 and headed by Gladys Bejerano, seeks to combat widespread corruption in state institutions and businesses on the island. It is expected to render a report on its management to the parliament.

It is also expected that Raul Castro will give the closing speech to the parliamentary session, part or all of which will most likely be made public in the following days.

The last time the parliament met was in March to approve a new investment law which seeks to promote the arrival of foreign capital to the island. The law just went into effect this week.

10 thoughts on “Raul Castro at Cuban Parliament Session

  • July 8, 2014 at 11:25 am

    but, as far as I am concerned, history HAS absolved Fidel! As you say, I don’t “waiver,” but that is because I think The Revolution is an ongoing and organic proposition, capable of changing and reforming from within.

  • July 8, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Agreed, that real debates, with a variety of views, made in plenary–rather than behind closed doors in executive sessions, should be taking place. All the suggestions made for the plenary congress of the CPP a few years back should be collated, then discussed, in arriving at solutions to the many problems articulated. Old (i.e. Leninist) habits are overcome slowly; however, the the PCC is on the right path. We will know so when such topics are discussed frankly in open sessions. By the way, up until the 1950’s Dade County government used to be non-partisan (as per the Progressive reforms of the early 20th Century). When this was the case, more sectors of society were represented, more was done, the monied interests of development at any cost did not have complete domination of the agenda as they now do. Before, when Cuba had a variety of political parties, the dance of corruption reigned supreme.

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