86.85% of voters ratified the document, but in an unprecedented display of ballot-box dissent, more than 700,000 people voted against it

Cubans have overwhelmingly ratified a new constitution that reaffirms that socialism on the island is “irrevocable” while also legalising modest economic reforms instituted over the last decade.

But in an unprecedented display of ballot-box dissent on the Communist-ruled island, more than 700,000 people voted “no” to the new founding document.

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