Raúl presides during inauguration of the National Assembly's 7th Period of Ordinary Sessions. Photo: Juvenal Balán

With Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers presiding, the 8th Legislature of the National Assembly of People's Power initiated its 7th Period of Ordinary Sessions today, July 8,

On this occasion, deputies are reviewing the national economic plan's execution during the first half of the year, and projections for the remaining months, and considering adjustments to the Budget Law, no.120, for 2016. Also to be submitted for approval is the 2015 budget the close-out report.

Pictured is the National Assembly of People's Power Presidency. Left to right: Ana María Mari Machado, vice president; Esteban Lazo Hernández, president; and Miriam Brito Sarroca, secretary. Photo: Juvenal Balán

Likewise, the updating of Economic and Social Policy Guidelines, which emerged from the 7th Party Congress, will be considered for approval.

Prior to the session, deputies heard information from the ministries of Industry, and of Science, Technology, and Environment. A variety of pressing issues have been debated over the past three days in meetings of permanent commission, including the Central Report approved at the 7th Party Congress, and speeches made at the event by Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro and President Raúl Castro.