Cuba's Raul Castro term in office likely extended

22 December, 2017, 02:09 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Raul Castro To Step Down in April 2018

The announcement was made Thursday by the Cuban State Press.

But Cuba watchers had speculated that he would stay in his post longer.

Cuba's president Raul Castro will step down in April in a historic shift of power for the communist nation. Prior to this, he was the First Vice President of Cuba under his brother, Fidel, from 1976 until 2008.

Castro previously announced in 2013 that he would step down at the end of his second term on February 24, 2018, which was the original date of the new National Assembly's election.

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Cuban officials chose to push back the highly anticipated transition because the government in September delayed legislative elections in the wake of damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

There was no mention of Diaz-Canel's role in the official announcement. While Raul was certainly more open to reforms than his brother, it will be curious to see what happens if someone not named Castro steps in.

So far there is no candidate announced for the presidential succession but most forecasts point to the current first vice president Miguel Diaz-Canel.

"Diaz-Canel is flawless for that because he does not have any power, nor anyone who follows him, nor a commanding voice", Gonzalez said. Fidel Castro died in November 2016.

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