Cuban parliament opens 2-day session

Posted: 07/06/13 at 7:35 pm EDT

HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba's parliament is meeting in one of its twice-annual legislative sessions.

President Raul Castro is expected to speak at the close of the two-day event about the status of his social and economic reforms.

He is also likely to touch on his battle against corruption, which has caught up dozens of high-ranking Cuban executives and government officials and a handful of foreign businessmen.

Observers will be watching to see if new Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel is taking on increasing responsibility since assuming the post in what was seen as the beginning of a generational leadership transition.

Foreign media were not allowed access to Saturday's proceedings.

Delegates have been meeting in committee this past week ahead of the full session of parliament.

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