First Secretary Raul Castro speaks during the opening session of the eighth congress of the Cuban Communist Party in Havana on Friday. Photo: Cuban News Agency (ACN) via AFP First Secretary Raul Castro speaks during the opening session of the eighth congress of the Cuban Communist Party in Havana on Friday. Photo: Cuban News Agency (ACN) via AFP
First Secretary Raul Castro speaks during the opening session of the eighth congress of the Cuban Communist Party in Havana on Friday. Photo: Cuban News Agency (ACN) via AFP
Fidel Castro

Raul Castro steps down, ending long era in Cuba

  • The 89-year-old leader confirmed he was resigning as head of the country’s Communist Party, but did not say who he would endorse as his successor
  • His retirement means that for the first time in more than six decades, Cubans won’t have a Castro formally guiding their affairs

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First Secretary Raul Castro speaks during the opening session of the eighth congress of the Cuban Communist Party in Havana on Friday. Photo: Cuban News Agency (ACN) via AFP First Secretary Raul Castro speaks during the opening session of the eighth congress of the Cuban Communist Party in Havana on Friday. Photo: Cuban News Agency (ACN) via AFP
First Secretary Raul Castro speaks during the opening session of the eighth congress of the Cuban Communist Party in Havana on Friday. Photo: Cuban News Agency (ACN) via AFP
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