Bay of Pigs invasion victory 50th anniversary celebrated in Cuba, President Raul Castro proposes reforms

By on Apr 17, 2011 in International, North America, Politics Comments

The 50th anniversary of the ‘Bay of Pigs invasion victory‘ in Cuba is being celebrated today, Sunday, April 17, 2011, as Cuban President Raul Castro proposes major reforms in politics and economy.

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According to Informador on Sunday, thousands of Cubans flocked to Revolution Square in Havana, in the ‘Bay of Pigs victory’ 50th anniversary celebration, where a parade was held attended by young people and veterans.

Apparently, the celebration coincided with the 6th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba and the first Congress since 1997, as President Raul Castro opened the event with some of his suggested reforms.

Raul Castro, who will turn 80 this coming June 3, brother of former Cuban President Fidel Castro whom he transferred his power in July 2006 due to poor health condition, suggested major reforms in economy and politics in the country.

“We have come to the conclusion that it is advisable to limit to a maximum of two consecutive periods of five years, the performance of key state and political positions.” President Raul Castro was quoted as saying, which means that Cuban top officials of Cuba will only stay in power for a maximum of 10 years.

President Raul Castro also suggested economic reforms, which will be the main focus of his government, including scaling back state-owned assets and industries, subsidies reduction, and enhancing investment in the private sector.

Meanwhile, Fidel Castro apologized for not being present in the parade, but left a message to his countrymen, saying that he enjoys watching the celebration in his fight for the country.

“I cannot stand for 3 hours under the sun”, the 84-year old former Cuban president said, whose leadership won the Bay of Pigs invasion on April 17 1961, a failed attack by US forces to dethroned his government.

Back in April of 1961, a US attack to Cuba failed, in which the Cuban armed forces led by Fidel Castro defeated the foreign invaders within three days, and also marked the declaration of Socialist Cuban Revolution.

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