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Cuba marks anniversary but no mention of reform

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Raul Castro took to the stage to mark the 58th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution started by his brother, Fidel.

The National Day of Rebellion has traditionally been used to make major announcements or set policy. Raul has already hinted at permitting a bigger role for the private sector . The President announced earlier this year that restrictions on the buying and selling of homes and cars would soon be lifted.

The National Day of Rebellion has traditionally been used by Fidel or Raul to make major announcements or set policy.

But for the second year in a row it was Cuban Vice President Jose Ramon Machado who took to the podium. He talked about the economic challenges facing Cuba, but did not gave no precise details.

Hope for information on the reforms is now being pinned on next week’s bi-annual meeting of Cuba’s National Assembly.