Cuba is a one-party Communist state; the Cuban Communist party (PCC) is the only legal political party. The country is governed under the constitution of 2019. The president, who is elected by the National Assembly, is head of state, and may serve two five-year terms. The prime minister, who is nominated by the president and approved by the National Assembly, is head of government. Legislative authority resides in the National Assembly of People's Power. The 605 assembly seats are filled by direct election from selected candidate lists; members serve for five-year terms. Administratively, Cuba is divided into 15 provinces and the special municipality of the Isle of Youth.
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