• Despite Obama, no revolution expected at Cuba party congress


    HAVANA: Cuba’s communist party gathers Saturday for a rare party congress less than a month after US President Barack Obama’s historic visit, but Cubans eager for change are likely to be disappointed. Held every five years, party congresses normally are the main political event in a one-party system like Cuba’s that brooks no dissent. The last one in 2011 introduced significant reforms of the island’s moribund Soviet-style economy, cracking open the door to small-scale private enterprise and foreign investment. This one, the Seventh Congress, had raised expectations in Cuba and abroad that it could set the stage for accelerated political and economic changes following a rapprochement with longtime foe the United States.



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