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End of an era: Raul Castro to step down as leader of Cuba's Communist party - France24

End of an era: Raul Castro to step down as leader of Cuba's Communist party


 Raul Castro said Friday he is resigning as head of Cuba’s Communist Party, ending an era of formal leadership by he and his brother Fidel Castro that began with the 1959 revolution.


Castro made the announcement Friday in a speech at the opening of the Eighth congress of the ruling party, the only one allowed on Cuba.

Castro didn’t say who he would endorse as his successor as first secretary of the Communist Party. But he previously indicated that he favors yielding control to 60-year-old Miguel Diaz-Canel, who succeeded him as president in 2018 and is the standard bearer of a younger generation of loyalists who have been pushing an economic opening without touching Cuba's one-party system.

His retirement means that for the first time in more than six decades Cubans won't have a Castro formally guiding their affairs, and it comes at a difficult time, with many on the island anxious about what lies ahead...AFP

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