CUBA - The Road to Democracy
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Much has been said as to what might happen to Cuba beyond the Castro era and, as per usual, vested interests have muddied the waters to the extent that those who are likely to eventually run the country have, with the blessing of the current Cuban Government, gone to independent and unbiased sources to assist them with formulating a viable long-term strategy for the Caribbean nation. The end results of the ongoing studies, analysis and detailed negotiations are proving very successful in terms of providing a long-term strategy for
The aim of the exercise is to maintain the positive aspects of the current Government structures and institutions while reforming processes that needed to be reformed in order to bring
The basic future Government structure will see a President, Government, a House of Representatives and a Senate. Provincial Government and local Government representation will also be catered for.
The first process will be to allow for political parties to be formed, following which free Presidential elections will be held. The new President and his Government will be responsible for instituting Parliamentary processes, the formulation of a new constitution and independent judicial processes. Freedom of speech and the media will be enshrined into the new constitution. No external interference into reform processes will be tolerated by a new Government as to provide a message to the
Election processes will be observed and monitored by independent UN and EU observers.
A new Cuban Government has the intention to have good relations will all its neighbours including the
The issue of
The issue of Cuban citizens living overseas, mainly in the
Trading and business provisions will be liberalised throughout
The changes currently being contemplated and devised will turn Cuba into a modern democratic nation, without the problems that were encountered by other countries that proceeded through the upheavals of former communist States turned into democracies. One thing should be remembered though is the fact that while
The whole process has been and still is most interesting in terms of how
Interesting and progressive times ahead indeed.