Raul Castro to Step Down as head of Cuban Communist Party

Raul Castro, the brother of former Cuban leader Fidel, is stepping down as the head of the Communist Party of Cuba and would be having his last congress this week.

President Miguel Díaz-Canel is slated to be the next party secretary-general and set new policy guidelines in this Friday’s congress.

Castro already announced his resignation this year last 2018 and has named Diaz-Canel to replace him at that time. 

For the first time since the 1959 revolution, Cuba will not have a leader with the last name Castro. 

Castro’s departure from Cuban politics came amid Cuba’s economic shrinkage and public discontent.

Arturo López-Levy, a professor at Holy Names University said that Castro’s retirement could boost the country’s economy once the pandemic is over. 

“What is happening now is a new generation is consolidating control.
Now they will be forced to make important reforms because their legitimacy doesn’t come from a revolutionary background, but from being capable of showing better performance,” said Lopez-Levy.

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