5/1/11

Cuban Communists Adopt Term Limits

Corrupt seniority system still protected by U.S. partisans
The sixth congress of the Communist Party of Cuba ended on April 19. Not by accident, the date chosen for the meeting coincided with the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the victory of Playa Giron [Bay of Pigs — at which the Cuban people defeated a US-sponsored invasion in 1961].

That was an event that had enormous repercussions for the Cuban revolutionary process. This was not only due to its military significance, but also because it defined the revolution’s socialist character and instilled in the masses an awareness of their own strength that translates into the political capital necessary to preserve the revolution.

On a symbolic level, this adherence to the continuity of the Cuban socialist project set the tone for a congress that was characterised by the promotion of substantive changes in the country’s economic model.

The measures include: decentralisation of the administrative apparatus, including greater authority and autonomy for enterprises and regional economies; an emphasis on production efficiency and its control through funding mechanisms; the empowerment of the contracts as a rule for the relationship between the producers and the traders; the expansion of work in cooperatives and self-employment and its adequate relationship with the state's economy; the strengthening of the tax system as the regulator of social income distribution; and the improvement of the legal system and the economic rationalisation of social benefits.

Helping to develop the consensus was the democratic will demonstrated in the assembly process prior to the congress. In this process, virtually the entire population took part.

The consensus was also assisted by the purposes and standards established for the functioning of leading organisations at all levels.

Outstanding in this regard are the policies for better racial and gender representation, the access of young people to leadership positions and the term limits on these positions.
(full story at greenleft.org.au)

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