14ymedio, 17 November 2017 – The inauguration of the National Capitol building as the headquarters of Cuba’s National Assembly of People’s Power was treated with a minor notice on the second page of the Communist Party newspaper Granma, with the central focus being the presence, at the site, of Tran Dai Quang, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
The president of the Cuban parliament, Esteban Lazo Hernandez, solemnly declared that this Wednesday was “an historic day for us,” and explained to the Asian delegation how the National Assembly works. Eusebio Leal then led a tour of the restored areas.
The inauguration lacked pomp or a formal prior notice. Nor it was attended by all the deputies, nor was the ceremony broadcast live on national television.
Outside the re-inaugurated dome, scaffolding continues to fill the scene, while construction dust and noise leaves no doubt that the most emblematic building of the Republican era is not yet ready to properly receive the parliament of socialism.