Cuban President Raul Castro Announces Plans to Retire, Not Run for Re-Election in 2018

by Colonel on February 24, 2013

“Cuban leader Raúl Castro announced on Sunday he would step down from power after his second term as president ends in 2018.

Castro made the announcement in a nationally broadcast speech shortly after the Cuban National Assembly elected him to a second five-year term in the opening session of the new parliament.

In a surprise move, the new parliament named a rising young star as his first vice president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, 52, a member of the political bureau who rose through the party ranks in the provinces to become the most visible possible successor to Castro. Diaz-Canel would succeed Castro if he cannot serve his full term.

Castro says the country has reached a “transcendent” moment in which it is ready to start transferring responsibility and power to a younger generation.

” — Copyright 2013 Guardian News & Media Ltd / Thomson Reuters

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