Raul Castro confirms he’s resigning, ending long era in Cuba

Raul Castro

PHOTO: Raúl Castro, Cuban politician and 18th President of Cuba, Photo Date: 12/21/2017

HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro says he is resigning as head of Cuba’s Communist Party, ending an era of formal leadership by he and his brother Fidel Castro that began with the 1959 revolution.

Castro made the announcement Friday in a speech at the opening of the Eighth congress of the ruling party, the only one allowed on the island.

Castro didn’t say who he would endorse as his successor as first secretary-general of the Communist Party, but he previously has indicated that he favors yielding control to Miguel Diaz-Canel, who succeeded him as president in 2018.

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