Raul Castro reelected as Cuba’s president, plans to retire in 2018

Cuban President Raul Castro shows his voting ballot during the session of the National Assembly of the People's Power in Havana February 24, 2013. (Reuters)
Cuban President Raul Castro shows his voting ballot during the session of the National Assembly of the People’s Power in Havana February 24, 2013. (Reuters)

Cuba’s National Assembly has appointed Raul Castro to his second five-year term in office as president. He announced that he will retire after the term ends in 2018.

Miguel Diaz-Canel has been picked as his first vice president. The 52-year-old politician is now the first in line to the country’s presidency. He replaces former first vice, Jose Machado Ventura, 82, who will continue as one of five vice presidents.

Commander of the Revolution Ramiro Valdes, 80, and Gladys Bejerano, 66, the comptroller general, were also re-elected as vice presidents.

Castro said that Diaz-Canel’s promotion “represents a definitive step in the configuration of the future leadership of the nation through the gradual and orderly transfer of key roles to new generations.”

“Our greatest satisfaction is the tranquility and serene confidence we feel as we deliver to the new generations the responsibility to continue building socialism,” he added.

This comes as Cuba’s newly elected 612-member parliament gathered on Sunday. Former leader Fidel Castro made a rare public appearance and attended the session.

On Friday, Raul Castro joked that as he was going to be 82, he had the “right to retire” during an event outside of Havana with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

Cuban leader and former president Fidel Castro (L) listening to his brother and current president, Raul, as Cuba's new National Assembly meets to choose a Council of State, at the Conventions Palace in Havana on February 24, 2013. (AFP Photo / Ismael Francisco)

Cuban leader and former president Fidel Castro (L) listening to his brother and current president, Raul, as Cuba’s new National Assembly meets to choose a Council of State, at the Conventions Palace in Havana on February 24, 2013. (AFP Photo / Ismael Francisco)

Source: RT

One Response to Raul Castro reelected as Cuba’s president, plans to retire in 2018

  1. FoxyBrown February 25, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    This is an absolute disaster! At first I didn’t know what to believe. I was a little skeptic about the idea of Raul Castro stepping down. It seemed almost too good to be true. But honestly, then I started thinking that even if it is all lie, an unclear future for Cuba is much better than a Castro-filled future for Cuba. I was praying and hoping this signaled the end of the Castro reign, who have been ruling Cuba for almost 60 years now. But no, now it turns out that Castro has already laid down the blueprints for his own idea of Cuba’s future. Instead of handing over the country to the people by allowing vote and fight for their interests or at least giving them a variety of strong but open minded, intelligent politicians, leaders, and representatives to choose from, he plans to continue building socialism and perfecting it with his own select group of aspiring socialists. Now, how is that even possible?! Who in their right mind would do such a thing? It’s been practically 60 years for heavens sake and all socialism has ever done is completely destroy a great and once prosperous country! Isn’t that evidence enough that socialism just doesn’t work and never will work. These insane, delusional men need to get a clue and they better get one quick! The only question I’m still contemplating at this point is a pretty obvious one: when, when will this end?

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