Cuba will stay socialist and the Communist Party will continue to play the role of a “force superior to society and the state.”
After two days of extraordinary debate at the National Assembly of People’s Power (Parliament) on Thursday, President Raúl Castro has made it clear that the generational change planned for early next year, when he leaves the presidency, will not result in political and constitutional changes. The economic and social line (in the Development Plan until 2030) will remain one of the reforms in order to create “a prosperous and sustainable socialism,” and the Communist Party will remain the only party.
According to some analysts, this political decision explicitly looks to the “Chinese model”: an introduction of market elements, but under strict control of the state and of the Communist Party, which is the only political force.
Indeed, in some ways the socialist choices announced by the Cuban government seem more radical, because the “czar” of economic reforms, Murillo, confirmed that every form of concentration of property and wealth will be “adjusted,” so that “there is no opposition to the principles of our socialism.” Castro said that on this basis, “everything that must be changed will be changed.”