Raul Castro prepares to step down as head of Cuba’s Communist Party

Experts believe that he will remain the most influential person in the country.

Raul Castro is preparing to step down as head of the Communist Party of Cuba, the most prominent position in the country.

While the move is historical, few expect significant changes for ordinary Cubans.

The eighth congress of the Communist Party will begin on Friday and confirm President Miguel Diaz-Canel as the party’s next general secretary and set policy guidelines.

Raul Castro and his late brother Fidel have been in power since the 1959 revolution.

In 2018, Castro Jr. said he would retire in 2021 and expected to be succeeded by Diaz-Canel.

Diaz-Canel, 60, represents a new generation and was elected president in 2019 for the first of two possible five-year terms.

Many analysts are convinced that Castro, who turns 90 in June, will remain the most powerful figure on the island until his death.

Author: Steve Cowan
Graduated From Princeton University. He has been at the Free Press since October 2014. Previously worked as a regional entertainment editor.
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