Cuba enacts new constitution

Miguel Diaz-Canel to appoint prime minister

MIAMI – Cuba's national assembly met Wednesday to enact the new constitution that replaces the 1976 Soviet-era Magna Carta. 

After a year of debate, Cubans ratified the new constitution in February. The new constitution orders Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel to appoint a new prime minister.

The national assembly has less than six months to approve a new electoral law and less than 18 months to enact laws to include presumption of innocence and habeas corpus in the judicial system. 

Legislators also have less than two years to address the issue of whether or not to legalize same-sex marriage. 


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The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.

In January 2017, Hatzel Vela became the first local television journalist in the country to move to Cuba and cover the island from the inside. During his time living and working in Cuba, he covered some of the most significant stories in a post-Fidel Castro Cuba.