Handout picture from Cuban official website www.cubadebate.cu, of the First Annual Session of the Cuban Parliament, on July 8, 2016 at Convention Palace in Havana. "AFP PHOTO / Cubadebate"
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Cuba's parliament convened Friday for one of its twice-annual plenary sessions amid warnings from government officials that the country needs to cut energy use and as many islanders hoped for deepened economic reforms.The reforms begun six years ago under President Raul Castro have allowed a smattering of private-sector activity, although the state still controls crucial areas of the economy.The official website Cubadebate reported that vice president and economic czar Marino Murillo said the economy grew by 1 percent in the first semester -- short of expectations -- leaving the country short on cash.He said the energy restrictions aim to reduce electricity consumption by 6 percent without affecting residential supply, which is responsible for about 60 percent of power consumption.
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