Raul Castro was elected to his second term as Cuban president February 24, but he said it would be his last.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, winner of elections in 2000 and 2006 by overwhelming majorities, is heavily favored in voting set for October 7.
Many regard Cuba's success in making education accessible and socially useful to have been a prime achievement of the Cuban Revolution.
The plan is to develop 222 urban cooperatives throughout the island: food service ventures, agricultural markets, technical and personal services, fisheries, and water management services.
The legislation reduces the work week to 40 hours and seeks to abolish private sub-contracted labor in the country.
"Socialism is the future" was the theme of a meeting here of communist and workers parties from 59 countries last month.
The government in Beijing plans to raise the minimum wage by 15 percent every year for the next five years.
Thirty-two years ago, a Marxist-led national liberation movement forever changed the history and political dynamics of Nicaragua.
At the Cuban Communist Party's sixth congress, it was an occasion for remembering and rededication.
The Communist Party of Egypt has once again become an important voice in the secular opposition.