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article imageCuban leader Raul Castro says he will retire in 2018

By Layne Weiss     Feb 25, 2013 in Politics
Havana - Cuban President Raul Castro has announced he was step down after his second term ends in 2018. The new parliament named 52-year-old Miguel Diaz-Canel as Castro's VP and most likely successor.
"This will likely be my last term," Castro said according to Reuters, shortly after being elected to a second term.
The 81-year-old brother of Fidel Castro, who resigned from the presidency in 2008 due to ill health, will start his second term immediately, and retire at the age of 86.
Fidel Castro, who is 86-years-old now, made a very rare appearance at the opening session of the assembly Sunday, BBC News reports.
The Castros have been running a one-party system in Cuba since the 1959 Revolution, which ostracized US-backed leader Fulgencio Batista.
It seems very likely that this is the last time time a Castro will be in power as it looks as if Miguel Diaz-Canel will suceed Raul Castro when he retires in 2018. This comes as a pleasant surprise to everyone.
Until Sunday, Castro and other top Cuban officials had been criticized for failing to "promote younger future leaders," the LA Times reports. That, however, seems to be changing with the much younger Diaz-Canel being chosen as Castro's VP and likely successor.
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