By The Associated Press
Powers of Cuba's governing Council of State:
_Represents National Assembly, or parliament, between regular sessions.
_Proposes legislation and dictates new laws by decree when parliament
not in session; interprets existing laws when necessary.
_Calls special parliament sessions and sets dates for legislative
elections, usually once every five years.
_Decrees general mobilization of population if country threatened; can
declare war in event of aggression if parliament cannot meet because of
urgency or security concerns.
_May reshuffle Cabinet between regular parliament sessions.
_Suspends Cabinet decrees and local parliament decrees it considers out
of line with constitution or existing laws or have negative effect on
local or national interests.
_Bestows medals and honorific titles, names commissions, ratifies
treaties, grants pardons, accepts or rejects diplomatic representatives
from other countries, designates and removes Cuban diplomats.