The Cuban government invited Cuban citizens living abroad to participate in the debates on the draft new Constitution, a decision that will help strengthen the links between the island and its emigration.
The invitation represents an unprecedented fact in the history of the Revolution, because for the first time all Cubans, regardless of their geographical location, can be part of discussions of an initiative of such importance, as they are to build the country's constitution.
This is a decision of great importance, based on the growing number of Cubans abroad and the magnitude of the reform that is being proposed, said in this capital to the press the director of Consular and Cuban Resident Affairs in the Exterior (Daccre) of the Chancellery, Ernesto Soberón.
According to the official, those who live outside the Greater Antilles have the opportunity to contribute to the development of a socialist and democratic society, guided by premises such as humanism and solidarity, elements reflected in the proposed new Constitution.
This step signifies an unequivocal demonstration of our government's will to continue advancing in a process that began in 1978 to strengthen ties with residents abroad, he stressed.
For Soberón, participation in the debate on the document recently approved by the National Assembly of the People's Power offers the possibility to these people to contribute to the construction of the magna carta 'that we Cubans want to give us for the present and the future, guided by the premise of unity around the Revolution. '
According to the diplomat, the invitation is in line with the updating of the immigration policy implemented in recent years, which has brought an increasing number of Cubans living abroad traveling to their country of origin.
It is also known that of this large number (an estimated one million 400 thousand Cubans live in some 120 countries), only a minority advocates the destruction of the Revolution and the return of capitalism that prevailed before 1959, he said.
On July 22, the National Assembly approved the draft new Constitution, which will be submitted in the 15 provinces of the island to a referendum from August 13 to November 15.
For residents abroad, the opportunity to comment and issue proposals on the text will begin in the first week of September, once the technical conditions for their participation have been created.
Soberón explained that the contribution of criteria of residents outside Cuba will be materialized through a section enabled on the website Nation and Emigration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (http://www.nacionyemigracion.cu/).
Through this portal you will have access to the new Constitution project and a form that will allow you to transfer the proposals for modifications or comments, he explained.
The text to be discussed includes changes in the structure of the State, including the creation of the positions of President, Vice President and Prime Minister of the Republic.
It also grants constitutional status to several foreign policy principles defended for decades by the Cuban Revolution, such as world peace, disarmament, Latin American integration and the environment, and the condemnation of terrorism and interference in the internal affairs of the country. countries.
Likewise, it recognizes the role of the market and new forms of property, including private property, and widens access to human rights.