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A widely participatory process of popular debate modified 134 articles of the Cuban Constitution.
On Sunday, Feb. 24, the Cuban people will participate in a referendum to approve the Republic's new Constitution, a text that modernizes the current one through 760 modifications, which range from the elimination of articles, phrases and words to additions of new laws.
Between August and November 2018, the constitutional project was reviewed by Cubans through assemblies in which thousands of proposals were analyzed and debated.
The Cubans' opinions and ideas were gathered in 9,595 "standard proposals", 50,1 percent of which were approved and the rest were discarded because they were inappropriate from the legal viewpoint, that is, they were not constitutional proposals but "doubts, questions and other statements which do not make sense in terms of a constitutional logic," Homero Acosta, secretary of the Council of State, explained.
Likewise, the opinions of Cubans living abroad were grouped into 978 "standard proposals", 391 of which were reviewed, synthesized, accepted and delivered to the National Assembly of People's Power (ANPP). In Dec. 2018, this legislative institution debated on the changes suggested by the Cuban people.
After modifying 134 articles, eliminating 3 articles and keeping 87 articles unchanged, the ANPP presented the final text to the Cuban people. The main changes to the new constitutional text can be summarized according to themes.