Cuban President Raul Castro introduced economic reforms seven years ago. Many Cubans embraced the chance to open their own businesses. But government backtracking is hampering many fledgling business owners.
A commission led by former President Raul Castro will be responsible for rewriting Cuba's 1976 constitution. Potential changes include market reforms and a presidential term limit.
Cuba's government will come under pressure to be transparent about the circumstances of last week's plane crash. However, transparency is by no means certain, the Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez writes.
Cuba began two days of national mourning for the victims of a plane crash in Havana. President Diaz-Canel ordered a probe into the Boeing 737 accident, which killed all but three of the 113 passengers and crew.
The Cuban revolution "will carry on," Cuba's new president Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez said after succeeding Raul Castro at the post. Castro is set to mentor Diaz-Canel and remain the leader of the Communist Party.
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