Cuban parliament approves economic reform plan

By REUTERS
August 1, 2011 22:00

HAVANA - The Cuban National Assembly approved on Monday Communist Party proposals to overhaul the country's stagnating, state-dominated economy and lift some restrictions on citizens' personal lives, state-run media said.

The plan, which includes more than 300 points, was first approved at a Communist Party Congress in April and would definitively do away with the decades-old paternalistic society built under Fidel Castro's leadership.

"Socialism means equal rights and opportunity for all, but not egalitarianism," Jose Luis Toledo, president of the parliament's constitutional and legal affairs committee, was quoted as saying when he introduced the motion.

Cuban President Raul Castro and other top party and government officials presided over Monday's session to which foreign journalists were not invited.


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