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Is Cuba still a communist country?

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As of 2014, Cuba is still a communist country. Although the government of Fidel Castro did not initially espouse Socialist policies, it began to pursue such policies soon after its victory in the Cuban Revolution in 1959.

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According to the Cuban constitution, the state is guided by the ideas of Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin, two of the leading theorists of communist thought. Furthermore, the constitution enshrines the Communist Party of Cuba as the "leading force of the society and the State." As in most communist societies, the economy is planned centrally, and state-owned enterprises conduct most of the business on the island and employ the vast majority of the workforce. In the 21st century, however, Cuba began to warm to private markets, instituting currency reform and shifting some of the workforce out of state employment.

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