Chaired by its First Secretary Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, the 8th Plenum of the Communist Party of Cuba’s Central Committee was held, with two days of work devoted to analysis of the latest draft of the proposed Constitution of the Republic of Cuba, reflecting the popular consultation process, which will be presented to deputies in the next session of the National Assembly of People's Power, at which time all the details will be offered to our people.
The hard work done to collect the population’s opinions was recognized and congratulations extended to those who participated in organization of the consultation process, including the duos who guided the more than 133,000 assemblies held across the country; those responsible for compiling the opinions; and in particular, the commission charged by the National Assembly with drafting the proposed Constitution.
Raúlstated that the report on opinions expressed by all sectors of society serves as a valuable working document, which should be preserved and further utilized, adding that the population’s approach to the assemblies was impressive, arriving well prepared and offering ideas to enrich the debate.
Homero Acosta Álvarez, Council of State secretary, presented a detailed report on fundamental aspects of the popular consultation and the latest version of the draft Constitution.
He commented that, throughout the process, the democratic nature of the consultation was praised, and satisfaction expressed that importance was given to the population’s opinions. He emphasized the people’s active participation, reiterating that the consultation had been a veritable constituent process.
More than 8.9 million persons attended the meetings, during which 1.7 million commentaries were made. He reported that all of the opinions expressed had been carefully analyzed and had a significant impact on the new draft.
Members of the Councils of State and Ministers participated as guests in the meeting, as well.