The Day the Cuban Revolution Was Made

Ever since 1959, the Cuban Revolution is celebrated every January 1st, by decree and out of people’s sympathy for it; yet, the final move to begin with the reforms that would change the largest country in the Caribbean forever, came 38 days later.

On February 7th that same year, the Cuban Republic’s Official Gazette published a document that would be a breakthrough in Cuban history, called the “Fundamental Law of Cuba, 1959”.

Let’s highlight the following 18 words from this document:

Title Nine
About Power
First Section
Article 119. – Legislative power will be exercised by the Council of Ministers.

And just like that, the 1940 Constitution was reformed (which was still in force in theory), thereby overthrowing the country’s legal order so as to give a smaller group of people the power to pass laws. According to subsequent statements, only two-thirds of votes from the Council of Ministers were needed to make any legal action by the government in power, irrevocable.


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