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Raul Castro Tells Cuba to Ready for More Belt Tightening

Communist Party leader Raul Castro urged Cubans on Wednesday to “be prepared for the worst variant” of the economy, at a time when the US embargo tightens and the aggravated problems in the balance of payments put the country in check.

Castro addressed a session of the Cuban legislature, known for its unanimous approval of virtually all Communist Party dictates, as it welcomed into effect the new Constitution approved by popular vote in February.

Watching the serious crisis facing the Maduro government in Venezuela, its most important economic ally, Castro broke the bad news instead of President Miguel Diaz Canel, who was among the audience.

“The situation could worsen in the coming months,” said the leader of the ruling Communist Party (the only legal one), in his speech on Wednesday.

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