Cuba forms a commission to update the constitution of the Soviet era

HAVANA – Cuban legislators took the first step to draft a new constitution.

The current president Miguel Díaz-Canel called a special session of the Cuban parliament on Saturday to propose a list of people to undertake a new draft.

Delegates gave their approval to a commission chaired by former President Raúl Castro and composed of some 30 others, including Díaz-Canel.

"This gives rise to a process of special importance for the country and we must all be aware of the duty and civic responsibility it demands," said Diaz-Canel.

The rewrite comes when the country's communist leaders try to adapt to an era in which hundreds of thousands of Cubans work for themselves, remittances help keep the economy afloat and the daughter of the Communist Party leader Castro is fighting for the rights of homobaduals.

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