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Cubans see high turnout at polls

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HAVANA – Cubans flocked to the polls yesterday in a vote expected to approve a new constitution that institutes modest economic and social changes while maintaining the one-party socialist system.

By 11 a.m. 57 per cent of the 8.6 million electorate had turned out, according to the national electoral commission, a higher percentage so early in the day than the general election in 2018. Results will be announced today.

Debate over the constitution has dominated politics in the country for months, even as it struggles with economic stagnation and as the deepening crisis in Venezuela brings its ally into the crosshairs of the US President Donald Trump’s administration.

(Reuters)

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