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    Castro Regime Rushes Unfinished Business Before Raul Leaves the Presidency

    Castro Regime Rushes Unfinished Business Before Raul Leaves the Presidency

    14ymedio, Havana, 19 May 2017 — The government rushed on Friday to
    accomplish some pending tasks before Raul Castro leaves the
    presidency. The Third Plenary Session of the Central Committee of the
    Communist Party ratified two programmatic documents at a meeting where
    Marino Murillo reappeared, vice-president of the Council of Ministers
    removed from the family photo of power as of November of last year.

    Just 40 days before the promised deadline, the Conceptualization of the
    Cuban Social and Economic Development Model and the bases of the
    National Economic and Social Development Plan were approved until 2030.
    The package also included compliance with the new modifications to The
    Guidelines of the Economic and Social Policy of the Party and the

    A note read on the noon edition of the television news reported that
    President Raul Castro considers these documents as “the most studied,
    discussed and rediscussed in the history of the Revolution.” The
    approval of the texts occurs after a long process in which, it is said,
    more than 1.5 million Cubans participated.

    The Plenum agreed to submit to the consideration of the National
    Assembly the Conceptualization of the Model and the Guidelines, but with
    regards to the Plan it only proposed to inform the parliamentarians
    about its approval.

    The ratification of these programs comes at a difficult time for the
    country. Last year, the island experienced a 0.9% decrease in its Gross
    Domestic Product (GDP) for the first time since 1995. Stopping this drop
    and obtaining an increase in GDP is the government’s main economic
    objective for this year.

    The political and economic crisis in Venezuela has caused an abrupt drop
    in oil imports to the island. Of the 100,000 barrels a day received by
    Cuba at a subsidized price during the best years of closer ties with
    Venezulea, analysts estimate that now only less than half as many
    barrels are arriving.

    A Russian oil company has taken on providing an emergency supply and
    plans to send in the next few months about 250,000 tonnes of oil and
    diesel to the island where, since last year, the consumption of
    electricity in state entities has been rationed and cuts have been
    applied to the fuel supply.

    The current scenario directly raised questions about what was
    established in the Plan for 2030.

    The Conceptualization does not reference that the ultimate goal of Cuban
    socialism is to build the communist society; nor does it mention as a
    goal the suppression of the exploitation of man by man.

    Missing in the document are topics of great interest to the population
    such as the elimination of rationing system, the permitting of
    professionals to exercise self-employment in their specialties, or human

    Source: Castro Regime Rushes Unfinished Business Before Raul Leaves the
    Presidency – Translating Cuba –