Cuba to update Soviet-era constitution, adapting to reforms

  • In this May 1, 2018 file photo, Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel waves a Cuban flag next to former President Raul Castro as they watch the annual May Day parade file through Revolution Square in Havana, Cuba. Castro, who turned over the presidency to Diaz-Canel, has proposed a constitutional reform limiting presidents to two five-year terms and imposing an age limit, a dramatic shift following a nearly 60-year run of leadership by Castro and his late brother Fidel, who both ruled into their 80s. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

HAVANA — When Cuba adopted its current constitution, the sugar-based economy was being bolstered by aid from the Soviet Union, citizens were forbidden to run private businesses or sell homes and gays kept their sexual identity a tightly guarded secret.