Cuba: Capitol building to host parliament again

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Associated Press

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 26 at 1:05 PM

HAVANA (AP) — Havana's Capitol building will once again play host to Cuba's parliament for the first time in five decades.

The Capitol has not been used as a legislative seat since 1959 because it was long considered a symbol of the old regime thrown out of power by Fidel Castro's revolution.

City Historian Eusebio Leal's office has been overseeing a multi-year restoration of the building, which is remarkably similar in appearance to the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

Cuban lawmakers typically meet twice annually to approve legislation in one-day sessions. Leal said that beginning this year, they will move into Capitol offices and also hold their gatherings there instead of at a convention center in western Havana.

Leal did not give a date for when the building will be ready.

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