Raul Castro Confirms He's Resigning, Ending Long Era in Cuba

Castro Era Set to End in Cuba

Castro Era Set to End in Cuba

Raul Castro said Friday he is resigning as head of Cuba's Communist Party, ending an era of formal leadership that began with his brother Fidel and the country's 1959 revolution.

The younger Castro, now 89, formally announced Friday that he would step down as first secretary of the island's Communist Party, leaving the Caribbean nation without a Castro in an official position of command for the first time since the earliest days of the revolution that took power more than six decades ago.

"Let there be no doubt, as long as I live, I will be ready.to defend the homeland, revolution and socialism", he said to loud applause.

This year's meeting was always been described as "the Congress of Continuity" by Jose Ramon Machado, the second secretary of the Central Committee of PCC, who said the congress will realize a "gradual and orderly transition of the country's main responsibilities to the new generations", when announcing the gathering in December.

Fidel Castro, who led the revolution that drove dictator Fulgencio Batista from power in 1959, formally became head of the party in 1965, about four years after officially embracing socialism.

He already handed over the presidency in 2018 to Miguel Diaz-Canel, 60, who ran the party in two provinces before joining the national government.

The 89-year-old-who played a key role as a military commander in the revolution that overthrew the brutal US -backed Fulgencio Batista regime in 1959-said that he has fulfilled his mission and "is confident in the future of the fatherland".

Cuba's new leaders face pressure to speed up reform, particularly economic change, which is foremost on citizens' minds, especially younger Cubans who have known only crisis, analysts say.

Economic reforms to phase out the USA dollar-pinned "convertible" peso - leaving only the less valuable official peso in place - saw salaries increased by the state, but not enough to make up for the resulting price inflation.

Indianapolis shooting leaves 4 Sikhs dead, Twitter calls it a racist attack
Chris Bavender, a spokesperson for the FBI's Indianapolis office, said that they are helping the police with the investigation. McCartt also said authorities are still identifying the victims and that not all of the victims' families have been notified.

Castro said Cuba was ready for a "new type of relationship with the United States without..."

Castro, wearing a military uniform, on Friday denounced Washington's "economic war" against his country, in comments broadcast on state television from inside the closed-doors congress.

He had held the post since 2008, when Fidel retired.

There are some signs that Cuba's leadership will have little choice but to increasingly balance the interests of the old guard with a clamor for more rights and better quality of life from younger generations.

Castro leaves office after having implemented significant economic reforms, with the government recently allowing private businesses to operate in most sectors of the economy.

There have also been small nods to social liberalization.

In response, the PCC has said its congress would be "confronting political and ideological subversion, which has made internet and social media its principal field of operations".

"Raul will be there", said former diplomat Alzugaray, in a system that may resemble "the one in China when Deng Xiaoping had no position but. everything had to be discussed with him".

Castro's decision to retire while still clearly in control would help to avoid any potential uncertainty or chaos that might occur if he were to pass away before the transition was fully complete, Jones pointed out.

Recommended News

  • Biden meets Japan's leader to boost China-facing alliances

    Biden meets Japan's leader to boost China-facing alliances

    The visit was Biden's first face-to-face talks with a foreign leader as president. But these topics paled beside the need to take a common stand on China.
    Biden keeps US refugee cap at 15000 rather than raise it

    Biden keeps US refugee cap at 15000 rather than raise it

    But this needn't be so complicated: Biden ought to just make good on his campaign promise by raising the cap significantly. Facing swift blowback from allies and aid groups, the White House on Friday said U.S.
    Russian Federation  studies ‘reciprocity’ action against USA  after latest sanctions

    Russian Federation studies ‘reciprocity’ action against USA after latest sanctions

    The US proposal for a first meeting between the presidents this summer has been welcomed - but not yet accepted - by the Kremlin. The statement said "no known Canadian entities have been exploited to date", but investigations are ongoing.
  • Biden backtracks on keeping Trump cap on refugees

    Biden backtracks on keeping Trump cap on refugees

    While running for president, Biden promised to reverse much of the immigration policies of the Trump administration. Most of the refugees are from Africa and fleeing armed conflict or political persecution.
    Indianapolis shooting leaves eight people dead at FedEx facility in US

    Indianapolis shooting leaves eight people dead at FedEx facility in US

    In an earlier tweet, Perrine said Interstate 70 near the facility was closed in both directions, but it was later reopened. Live video from news outlets at the scene showed crime-scene tape in the parking lot outside the facility.

    3 World Series Contenders Nobody is Talking About

    Despite being loaded on offense, the Cardinals have been inefficient in 2019 and rank near the bottom-10 in runs and home runs. Louis has title-winning pedigree and are loaded offensively, but thus far simply haven’t delivered consistent results.
  • New Zealand introduces world's first climate legislation for finance firms

    New Zealand introduces world's first climate legislation for finance firms

    United States consulate said John Kerry will meet with his Chinese counterparts at a Shanghai hotel. He will be meeting his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua, Reuters reported.
    Covid patients with sedentary habits more likely to die

    Covid patients with sedentary habits more likely to die

    In the study, carried out on Californians, the average patient age was 47 and almost two thirds were women. Subscribe to News24 and get access to our exclusive journalism and features today.

    Reliable Study Materials (from Practice Tests to Video Tutorials)to Prepare for Microsoft 70-480 Exam

    Make sure you check at least three different learning resources on every topic and go through the study materials several times. However, it is essential to note that the percentage on every topic is the approximate exam question weigh on each of them.
  • India reports record 2.34 lakh cases, over 1300 deaths in a day

    India reports record 2.34 lakh cases, over 1300 deaths in a day

    Of the fresh cases, Maharashtra reported 63,729, followed by Uttar Pradesh (27,426) and Delhi (19,486), according to the data. Fortunately, nine states and union territories (UTs) have not reported any Covid-19 death in the last 24 hours.
    After outcry, White House says Biden will lift refugee cap in May

    After outcry, White House says Biden will lift refugee cap in May

    But migrants at the border seeking asylum are processed in an entirely separate system than refugees fleeing persecution overseas. Biden signed an emergency determination Friday that did that, which officials say will speed refugee admission to the U.S.

    Is No Credit Better Than Having Bad Credit?

    In fact, that’s the best possible use of credit — engaging it to do something that can help you make money. No Credit The good news about having no credit history is there’s nothing negative about you out there.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.