Raul Castro Confirms Resignation as Cuba Leader in February 2018

Raul Castro Confirms Resignation as Cuba Leader in February 2018 © AFP 2015/ MANDEL NGAN

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Cuban leader Raul Castro confirmed he would retire on February 24, 2018.

MEXICO (Sputnik) — Cuban leader Raul Castro confirmed he would retire on February 24, 2018, when his current term ends.

“I will not become the great-grandfather nor the great-grandson as then the Cubans would get bored of me… I will step down on February 24, 2018,” Castro said, as quoted by El Financiero news portal.

The 84-year-old Cuban leader first announced it was his last term as the Council of State chairman, which is the head of state in Cuba, in February 2013 after being re-elected for another five years.

The post was held by Fidel Castro in 1976-2006, who then delegated his powers to his younger brother. Raul Castro was officially elected to head the Council of State in February 2008.

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