HAVANA, Feb. 23th (CNN) Does socialism have a future? Millions of Cubans are about to tell the world “yes” — or so Havana hopes. Sunday, Cuba will vote on a new constitution.
The document updates its Cold War-era predecessor, the original 1976 charter enacted under Fidel Castro, and the vote is widely seen as an important referendum on Cuba’s entire single-party, socialist system.
If passed, Cuba’s updated constitution would protect private property, reintroduce the role of prime minister and, for the first time, limit the Cuban presidency to two consecutive five-year terms. Championed by Raul Castro, brother and successor to Fidel, the document is hoped to enshrine the fundamentals of Cuba’s existing political system for the next generation.