Cas­tro set to step down as Cuba’s pres­i­dent

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - WORLD -

Cuban Pres­i­dent Raul Cas­tro steps down on Thurs­day, pass­ing the ba­ton to a new gen­er­a­tion in a tran­si­tion that brings to a close the Cas­tro brothers’ sixdecade grip on power. “We­have come a long way…so that our chil­dren, those of the present and those of the fu­ture, will be happy,” Cas­tro said in one of his last speeches as leader last month. The 86-year-old has been in power since 2006, when he took over af­ter ill­ness side­lined his brother Fidel, who seized power in the 1959 revo­lu­tion. Be­tween them, fa­ther of the na­tion Fidel and younger brother Raul ruled Cuba for nearly 60 years.—


Cuba’s Pres­i­dent Raul Cas­tro (left) and Vice Pres­i­dent Miguel Di­azCanel Bermudez at­tend ses­sions at the Na­tional Assem­bly in Ha­vana.—

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