Raul Castro Wants “Cleaner Heads”

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News Americas, HAVANA, Cuba, Tues. Aug. 2, 2011: Cuban President, Raul Castro, wants “cleaner heads” to prevail in Cuba.

Castro says the time has come for social and political reforms to be introduced and for cleaning of “our heads of all sorts of nonsense.”

The reforms include reducing bureaucracy to changes; the country’s controversial travel and emigration rules; cutting more than one million state jobs; reducing the state’s role in areas such as agriculture, retail and construction and setting up of small businesses.

Castro said the rules had “played a role in their time and endured unnecessarily.” So far Cuba’s National Assembly has given its backing to the recommendations.