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Cuba relaxes law on buying cars

4 January 2014 Last updated at 05:26 GMT

Cubans are now able to buy modern cars freely for the first time since the revolution in 1959.

Previously, Cubans had to get a government permit to buy new vehicles. That requirement has now been abolished but only a minority will benefit.

The state has a monopoly on new car sales and is marking up prices by 400% or more, so few people can afford them.

Sarah Rainsford reports.