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Cuba's Parliament to Convene for Second Session of Tenth Legislature

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Olalekan Adigun
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Cuba's Parliament to Convene for Second Session of Tenth Legislature

The Cuban National Assembly of People's Power (Parliament) has announced the commencement of its second regular session of the Tenth Legislature, slated for December 20 at the Convention Palace in Havana. The session, which will begin at 9:00 a.m., was convened by Esteban Lazo Hernández, the President of Parliament and the Council of State, under the authority granted by article 111, clause c, of the Republic's Constitution. The Tenth Legislature, established on April 19, consists of 470 deputies tasked with representing the interests of the Cuban people over the next five years.

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Agenda of the Upcoming Session

The Parliament's agenda, which includes bills on enterprises, migration, and foreigners, is a reflection of the current legislative stage that runs until 2027. Other bills to be discussed include the one on foreign investment, due by the end of 2026. The session also comes at a time when the draft bill of the Public Health Law, approved at the extraordinary meeting last November, is undergoing discussion. The proposed law incorporates over 40 articles mainly focusing on non-discrimination in health services, the recognition of human dignity as a supreme value, and the State’s responsibilities in providing care, protection, and recovery services.

Accountability and Evaluation

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The sessions will also witness the provincial governments of Cienfuegos and Las Tunas, as well as the Ministry of Industry in its capacity as an Agency of the Central State Administration, delivering an account at the meeting of the Legislative Body. Furthermore, a thorough examination of the results in areas such as food production and commercialization, the housing construction program, and local production of materials will also be conducted.

Significance of the Session

The upcoming session of the Cuban Parliament is pivotal, not just for the lawmakers, but for the entire nation that they represent. The policies and regulations that are set to be discussed and potentially implemented will shape the course of Cuba's social, economic, and political landscape in the years to come. The session, therefore, holds a significant place in the annals of Cuba's legislative history.

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