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Yearbook 2010

Cuba. A dialogue between the Cuban government and dignitaries from the Catholic Church in Cuba on human rights began in May and led to somewhat improved conditions for Cuba's imprisoned political dissidents. In July, it was announced that 52 prisoners would be released over the following months. The origin of the government's new attitude was the Catholic Church's concern that a number of prisoners had begun hunger strikes to force the release of political prisoners. One of them, Orlando Zapata Tamayo, died after the 85-day hunger strike, which prompted fairly open criticism of the government's human rights system from above all Cardinal Jaime Ortega.

2010 Cuba

According to COUNTRYAAH, cautious comments from the authorities on the introduction of capitalist elements into the economy were heard during the year, for example in the official body of the Communist Party Granma. Among other things, decisions were made on cuts in the public sector and layoffs among the country's five million government employees, while permitting some private enterprise, especially in the form of family businesses, for the first time since 1968. Fidel Castro even said in his first interview with an American magazine since the departure in 2006 that the Cuban model no longer serves the country's interests, but at the same time added that it does not mean abandoning socialism, but has just transitioned to a new form of socialism.

According to the Election Commission, turnout in April 25 elections was 95 percent. More than 15,000 candidates, all from the Communist Party which is the only permitted party, were elected to the 169 municipal assemblies around the country.

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