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The secretary of the Council of State and of the National Assembly (unicameral parliament) of Cuba, Homero Acosta Álvarez, affirmed this Thursday that the popular referendum on the Family Code scheduled for next Sunday constitutes an unprecedented practice at the international level.

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The Cuban official expressed during an interview with national media that submitting a project already approved by Parliament to a popular vote “is practically absent in international parliamentary practice.”

In this sense, Acosta stressed that “this referendum is binding, therefore Parliament’s approval is not enough. The starting point of this Code, to receive the Yes, will be Sunday 25”.

The secretary of the National Assembly pointed out that this is based on the Magna Carta of 2019, approved by popular vote, which establishes that “certain constitutional reforms, due to their content, would have to be put to a referendum.”

In turn, he stressed regarding the drafting committee that “it must be seen in its diversity, in its plural analysis, because it also has the vision and knowledge of many people of different ages, with different knowledge and responsibilities.”

Accordingly, he assured that “it was possible to combine different perspectives, different visions, which made it easier to conceive and build a code that was not only an academic exercise, but also had a popular vision.”

Similarly, he specified that the popular consultation process provided a large volume of criteria that modified 48 percent of the articles in order to arrive at the final version and number 25 of the document.

From this, Acosta pointed out that “in the end there are 532 provisions, counting the articles, the transitory and final provisions. 11 new articles were incorporated and one was eliminated”, meanwhile, he pointed out that 266 articles did not undergo changes.

Finally, the secretary stressed that “the Family Code is the work of the genuine representatives of the people in Assembly, and of the people themselves, who ultimately decide. That is what gives strength, that is what legitimizes, that is what gives consensus and strength”.

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