The Cuban central bank faces a crisis as locals storm currency exchanges to get rid of CUC notes. Cubans fear the end of the "convertibles" as planned by the country's President Raul Castro.
From December, Cuba's small business owners can open new stores again. But there is skepticism about what will really change as increased bureaucracy, longer authorization procedures and more controls are imminent.
The new constitution omits references to communism, recognizes private property and enshrines gay marriage. After it passes the National Assembly it will be voted on in a public referendum.
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.
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