Cuba’s President Raul Castro has made notable news by announcing on Feb. 24 that he will retire from that office in 2018. His older brother Fidel stepped down from the same post in 2008, after turning 85 years of age.
Raul Castro gestures as he attends a session of the National Assembly Sunday in Havana. During the session Raul was elected president of the State Council, Cuba's governing body, replacing his 81-year-old brother Fidel Castro. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco,Prensa Latina)
HAVANA | Cuba's parliament named Raul Castro president on Sunday, ending nearly 50 years of rule by his brother Fidel but leaving the island's communist system unshaken.
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