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Cuba Seeks Economic Change Rather Than Political Opening

March 27, 2012

Cuba won’t alter its political system, even as it considers deepening changes to its state- controlled economy, said Marino Murillo, vice president of the Council of Ministers,

“In Cuba there will not be political reform,” Murillo told a news conference in Havana today.

Murillo made his comments as Pope Benedict XVI visited the island, calling for greater economic and political changes. Speaking to in Santiago de Cuba today, Benedict said he was praying for “those who suffer, who are deprived of liberty, separated from their loved ones or who are going through serious moments of difficulty.”

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