Cuban President Raul Castro to retire in 2018
Linkedin

Cuban President Raul Castro to retire in 2018

Cebu : Philippines | Feb 25, 2013 at 12:24 AM PST
By
XX XX
Views: Pending
 
Raul Castro

Skooter report 02/25/13

He will step down at the end of his second term in 2018, Cuban President Raul Castro has said, following his re-election by the National Assembly.

In 2008, Mr Raul Castro, 81, formally took over the presidency, two years after replacing his ailing brother Fidel.

Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, 52, was chosen as Mr. Castro’s first vice-president by the Communist assembly, whose members ran for office unopposed. He is likely seen as Raul Castro’s successor.

The 86-year-old Fidel Castro, who ruled Cuba for five decades, made a rare public appearance on Sunday at the opening session of the assembly in the capital Havana. Since 1959 revolution, the brothers have been running Cuba under one-party system which got rid of the US-backed dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista.

Following his re-election on Sunday, Raul Castro addressing the assembly said that this will be his last term. This is the first time he publicly said he would be relinquishing the presidency in 2018. Earlier he had called for a two-term limit and age caps for political offices, including the presidency.

During his first term in power, Raul Castro relaxed some restrictions on personal freedoms by lifting bans on mobile phones and home computers, and done away the need of citizens to buy expensive exit visas when travelling abroad as tourists.

But he stressed in his recent speech, he said he was not chosen to be president to restore capitalism in Cuba, he was elected to defend, maintain and continue to perfect socialism.

Economically since the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1991, his country has struggled and recently depends heavily on the support of the left-wing government of Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.

It is well-known that Havana and the US relationship remain not in good term or rather hostile; the two countries have no diplomatic relations and a decades-long American economic blockade is still in effect.

Diaz-Canel Bermudez is an electrical engineer by training; he rose through the Communist party ranks in the provinces and at one time served as education minister. If Raul Castro is unable to serve his second full term in office, he would take over the top post.

Fidel Castro was last seen in public earlier this month and appeared frail and stooped at the time, correspondents said. The older Castro has quit all his official positions, except his post as the assembly’s deputy leader.

BBC

1 of 5
Next
Cuba
The Castro brothers have been running Cuba since the 1959 revolution
skooter is based in Cebu, Central Visayas, Philippines, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
Report Credibility
 
  • Clear
  • Share:
  • Share
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
 
 
 
Advertisement
 

News Stories

 
  • Fidel Castro attends Cuba parliament

    Cuba parliament opens as Fidel Castro visits Mr Castro has made infrequent public appearances since he handed over power to his brother Cuba's former leader Fidel Castro has made a rare public appearance, joining his brother, President Raul Castro,...
  • Raul Castro says will step down in 5 years

      United Press International
    Raul Castro said the second five-year term as Cuba's president to which he was elected Sunday would be his last. "I would like to make clear ... this will be my last term," CNN quoted the 81-year-old leader of the Communist island nation as saying...
  • Raul Castro to step down as president in 2018

      Guardian Unlimited
    Ismael Francisco/AFP/Getty Images Cuban leader Raul Castro announced on Sunday he would step down from power after his second term as president ends in 2018. Castro made the announcement in a nationally broadcast speech shortly after the Cuban...
  • Cuban President Raul Castro To Retire In 2018

      Sky News
    Cuban President Raul Castro has said he will stand down from power in 2018. The 81-year-old announced his retirement shortly after he was re-elected to a second five-year term...Former President Fidel Castro joined the National Assembly meeting on...
  • Cuba's president says he'll leave in 2018

    The announcement came shortly after the country's National Assembly re-elected Castro to a second five-year term and tapped Miguel Diaz Canel to be first vice president. Castro was officially elected president of the island nation in 2008...In 2006,...
  • Castro re-elected as Cuban leader, picks heir

      Australian Broadcasting Corporation
    Choosing Mr Diaz-Canel, a former military man and professor from Villa Clara who has represented the president on foreign trips in recent months, "marks a final step in configuring the country's future leadership, through the slow and orderly...

Blogs

 >

Images

 >
 

More From Allvoices

Related People

Report Your News Got a similar story?
Add it to the network!

Or add related content to this report

Most Commented Reports



Use of this site is governed by our Terms of Use Agreement and Privacy Policy.

© Allvoices, Inc. 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Powered by PulsePoint.