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In statements to Granma, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez confirmed that the discussion of the documents stemming from the 7th Party Congress in the extraordinary session of the National Assembly for People’s Power, forms part of a process that exemplifies the concepts of democratic participation and social responsibility in Cuba.

“We can not separate what has been happening here in the National Assembly today from a process that was conceived even before the Party Congress,” he stated.

He recalled that prior to the 7th Party Congress, a commission worked with sector specialists and leaders on the fundamental ideas and content of each of these documents. A wide range of proposals were made during the debate held prior to the Congress, such that the documents finally presented were significantly stronger, better elaborated texts, with a superior content to the original drafts, Díaz-Canel explained.

“But we did not stop there, as in the Party Congress itself there was a broad debate about these documents and a group of modifications were introduced to the texts which were put to the process of popular consultation; in which more than 1.6 million people took part in more than 47,000 meetings; and with all the proposals, the content of the documents was reconsidered,” he added.

Likewise, the first vice president noted that the texts were also discussed in several meetings of the Party’s leadership and, later in April, were analyzed by deputies and members of the Central Committee. This resulted in a series of proposals that were again submitted to consultation with specialists in economics, social issues and other topics relating to the documents, before they were presented to the Third Central Committee Plenum.

“Now we bring them to the Assembly once again; as such, a large number of deputies have participated in several of these moments, taking on what they have contributed and what they have recognized from the contributions of the rest of the population that has participated in the debate. It is an exercise of our society, which has reaffirmed the thinking capacity that exists among our people. In the various consultations, one is surprised how, in documents that have been so thoroughly revised and expanded, the people always make new proposals, which are intelligent and contribute,” he explained.

“I am convinced that the documents we have endorsed in this commission number 3, which I am convinced will be supported in the plenary session tomorrow, are perfected, more robust documents... They are guiding documents for the present and future of the country.”

Díaz-Canel emphasized that there will be ongoing perfection, “because we are talking about issues of great commitment, and any view, review and the very practice and implementation in the current conditions will pose new modifications and improvements.”

“This process demonstrates unity, responsibility, participation and the commitment of our people to the present and future of the country. They are dense, complex documents and there was an extraordinary personal and collective participation. It is also one of the things that fills you with the pride of being Cuban,” the first vice president concluded.