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Raul Castro to step down as Cuban Communist party chairman

Date: 20 April 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Raul Castro has announced that he was handing over leadership of Cuba’s ruling Communist Party to a younger generation.
  • He is expected to formally step down and announce his replacement before the conference ends.Castro stepped down from the office in 2018, replaced by his hand-picked successor, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez.
  • Castro had announced in 2016 that he would give up his post as secretary-general of the Communist Party during this year’s party congress.
  • The secretary-general is the most powerful position in Cuba, more powerful than the presidency, seen as the second most senior position.