Foreign Affairs
Raúl Castro to resign as Cuba’s communist party leader

Raúl Castro has resigned as leader of Cuba’s communist party – ending a 60-year family ruling of the country. 89-year old Castro told the party congress that he will hand over power to the younger generation.

The congress members will now vote for his successor within four days during the congress meeting. Castro’s resignation, who was elected to replace the father of Cuba’s 1959 revolution Fidel Castro, was widely expected.

Although Raul Castro did not indicate his preference on his successor, it is expected that the party leadership will pass to Miguel Díaz-Canel, who was elected as the country’s President in 2018.