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Castro Prepares Cuba for Transition at a Time of International Readjustments

ISSN:1089-1560
LADB Article ID: 80509
Category/Department: Cuba
Date: 2018-02-01
By: Daniel Vázquez

Raúl Castro, who is scheduled to retire as Cuba’s president in April, is preparing his government for a transition along with working to name a successor and to help the country adapt to changing international dynamics. Castro will not be retiring from government entirely, because he will continue to be first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), which is endorsed by the Cuban Constitution as the “organized vanguard of the Cuban nation,” and “the highest leading force of society and of the state, which organizes and guides the common efforts towards the high ends of the construction of socialism and the advancement of the communist society.” The PCC’s next congress will be in 2021, when Castro will be 90 years old. Although his initial date of retirement was to have been this February, on Dec. 21, Castro told the annual session of the unicameral National Assembly of People’s Power that he would postpone his retirement until April, because of the setbacks caused by Hurricane Irma in September. The storm left 10 dead, and damage in towns, tourist facilities and agricultural areas in several provinces was estimated at US$13 billion. Numerous tourism facilities were closed for repairs for several weeks after the storm.

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