HAVANA.- The President of the Council of State and Ministers Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez announced on Saturday in Havana that the First Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party, Army General Raul Castro Ruz will head the commission of deputies that will elaborate and present a
draft of the Constitution of the Republic.

The National Assembly of the People’s Power, in its first extraordinary session corresponding to its 9th Legislature supported the proposal and also approved the reform process of the country’s Constitution.

Diaz-Canel said that the proposal is in compliance with what he said when he assumed the country’s Presidency last April 19th, that Raul Castro would head the most important decisions for the present and future of the country.

He stressed that the Commission, in which he will be its Vice President, will be made up of 33 deputies representing diverse sectors of Cuban society.

The President of the Council of State and Ministers added that the group’s mission will be to draft a project of the Constitution in harmony with the principles of the socialist democracy and will be submitted to popular consultation.

Diaz-Canel explained that the text of the consultation process will be analyzed by the National Assembly and later submit the project to a popular referendum.

The principle of the new Constitution, said the Cuban President will take into account the human principles and social justice of the political system of the country and will consider Socialism as irrevocable and ratify the unity of the nation and the role of the Communist party as the organized
vanguard and superior leading force in the country.

He added that in order to modify the current text, they will need to evaluate the experiences in the construction of socialism, study constitutional processes developed in other countries and carefully study the aspects of our history and constitutional tradition.mportance of the reform process and called on for everyone to work in a constitutional norm that reflect the longstanding of a sovereign, independent, socialist, democratic, prosperous and sustainable nation.

Diaz-Canel added that they expect for the new Constitution to strengthen the institutional aspects of the revolutionary State and for Jose Marti’s words to prevail in that the first Law of the Republic be, the conviction of the Cuban people to the full dignity of humankind.

In tune with what Raul expressed in the central report of the 7th Party Congress, the current Constitution was approved during a popular referendum in 1976 and partially reformed in 1992 and 2002. Now, responding to historic circumstances and economic and social conditions that have changed in the country, it needs to include the implementation of the Guidelines of the Economic and Social Policy of the Party and Revolution.