Cuba: 86-year-old Castro postpones retirement until April 2018

Cuban President Raul Castro announced he will step down as the country's leader in 2018, speaking at the National Assembly of People's Power of Cuba in Havana on Thursday, despite previously announcing he would step down in February. «When the National Assembly of People’s Power is constituted on April 19, 2018 my second and last term will conclude and Cuba will have a new president,» said... Еще Castro. The move will see an end to nearly six decades of Castro family rule. The Cuban leader also touched upon relations with the US, saying there was a serious and irrational setback recently, however, he denied his country was in any way to blame. «Our country isn't responsible for this rollback marked by the intensification of the blockade, the return to an aggressive and disrespectful rhetoric and the arbitrary application of unjustified measures which affect ties between our peoples and families,” Castro told the assembly. First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel is touted as the favourite to succeed, while Castro will likely remain in his position as First Secretary of the ruling Communist Party of Cuba, according to reports.

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