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Family Code eliminates exclusions, Cuban president says

Family Code eliminates exclusions, Cuban president says

Havana, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel on Wednesday considered as one of the characteristics of the new Family Code, which will be submitted to a referendum on Sunday, September 25, is to include the rights of groups that have been excluded until now.

On his Twitter account, the president said that this legal text “is the hope of thousands of people marked by painful stories of exclusion and silence. Human beings who have suffered and suffer from the gaps in our laws.”

The tweet concludes by stating that “I will vote Yes on September 25. For them and for Cuba.”

The approval of this law, which would replace the Family Code in force since 1976, is considered by those who support it as an important progress in Cuban society, which has been considerably transformed in the last few decades, and places Cuba at the forefront of family legislation.

The new Family Code was already approved by Parliament in a special session held in mid this year, but to enter into force; it must be endorsed by most of voters, who could previously participate in its drafting through a broad popular consultation.

Thus, this legal text is the first in Cuba that is the object of two resources that strengthen the participatory democracy: the popular consultation, carried out between February and April, and finally a referendum.

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