Raul Castro confirms he will stay Cuba’s president to April
Raul Castro, 86, had previously said he would step down in February at the end of a months-long political cycle in which voters and government officials pick the members of local, provincial and national assemblies and the members of the powerful council of state.
By: AP | Havana | Published: December 22, 2017 9:48 am
Cuba’s President Raul Castro walks in to deliver a speech during the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba. (Courtesy of Cubadebate/Handout via Reuters)
Raul Castro confirmed Thursday that he will continue as Cuba’s president into April, two months longer than expected, as parliament extended the political cycle citing delays made necessary by a damaging hurricane. “I wish to ratify what has already been expressed … about limiting to two terms of five years the exercise of the principal offices of the nation,” Castro told lawmakers, in comments broadcast on state television. “When the (new) National Assembly is constituted next April 19, my second and last term will have concluded at the head of the state and the government and Cuba will have a new president,” he added.
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