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Sun Feb 24, 2013, 07:47 PM

Cuban leader Raul Castro announces he will retire in 2018

Source: Reuters

Cuban leader Raul Castro announced on Sunday he would step down from power after his second term as president ends in 2018, and the new parliament named a 52-year-old rising star to become his first vice president and most visible successor.

Castro, 81, 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.

"This will be my last term," Castro said.

In a surprise move, the new parliament named as his first vice president Miguel Diaz-Canel, 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.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/cuban-leader-raul-castro-announces-retirement-2018-225913245.html

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Sun Feb 24, 2013, 10:07 PM

1. If he even lives that long

 

He's already 81.

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Sun Feb 24, 2013, 10:54 PM

2. Well, you can't expect Cuba to rush into Democracy...

...they haven't had any experience with it for decades...

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