Raul Castro stepping down as Cuba's president in April

22 December, 2017, 02:11 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Raul Castro to Stay in Office Until April as Cuba Extends Term

Cuban leader Raul Castro, 86, will step down in April 2018, after it was announced that the presidential election was postponed from February to April, the Miami Herald reported.

The announcement was made Thursday by the Cuban State Press.

A Castro will be Cuba's president for at least a little longer.

The date of the elections was pushed back due to the devastation that Hurricane Irma had on Cuba in September.

In its last ordinary session of the year, headed by President Castro, the MPs agreed to extend their term until April 19, 2018.




The delay in the transfer of power opens up more questions about who could be Castro's successor. Castro is expected to be replaced by 'First Vice President Miguel Diaz Canel'.

Castro has reiterated on several occasions that he will step down as president in 2018, although he will remain as first secretary of the central committee of the ruling Communist Party of Cuba (PCC).

"Diaz-Canel is ideal for that because he does not have any power, nor anyone who follows him, nor a commanding voice", Gonzalez said.

This is the first time since the late Fidel Castro reintroduced a limited election in 1976, that the government chose to change the dates of the elections.

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