Cuba delays historic handover from Raul Castro to new President
The National Assembly said that devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in September had caused a delay to the start of the political cycle.
By: Reuters | Havana | Published: December 22, 2017 9:51 am
Cuba’s political transition comes as it faces a host of challenges from declining aid from socialist ally Venezuela to US President Donald Trump’s partial reversal of the US-Cuban detente and tightening of the decades-old US embargo.
Communist-run Cuba extended the term of its current leadership to April on Thursday, signaling a two-month delay in the historic handover from Raul Castro to a new president, while announcing tighter regulations on the non-state sector. Castro, 86, was originally set to step down in February after two consecutive terms, ending nearly 60 years of Castro brothers’ rule and marking a transition from the leaders of the 1959 revolution to a new, younger generation.
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