Raul Castro’s Presidency Extended for 2 Extra Months

General/president Ruúl Castro.  Stock Photo: Ladyrene Perez /Cubadebate.

HAVANA TIMES – Raul Castro will stay in office as president until at least mid-April, the Cuban Parliament announced today in extending its legislative period, scheduled to end in February, reported dpa news.  

Castro had announced on several occasions that he would not accept another term in the presidency at the end of the current legislature in February 2018. Now he will stay on at least two additional months.

The decision to postpone the departure of Castro was taken over “the exceptional situation” caused by the passage of Hurricane Irma last September, which caused considerable damage to housing and other infrastructure and 10 deaths.

The timetable for the process that will conclude with the designation of the future Cuban president began in November, instead of October as initially planned, with the votes to elect neighborhood representatives to the city councils.

So far there is no candidate announced for the presidential succession but most forecasts point to the current first vice president Miguel Diaz-Canel.

12 thoughts on “Raul Castro’s Presidency Extended for 2 Extra Months

  • It is you who is uninformed. The Communist Party in Cuba, headed by Raul Castro, is virtually 100% of the Cuban parliament. It is the parliament, not the Cuban people, who vote for the Council of Ministers. The Council of Ministers, chooses from among themselves, who will be President. If Raul Castro says Diaz-Canel shall succeed him, there is 0% chance this will not happen. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, grass roots about this election. Besides, have you seen the grass in Cuba? Finally, you contradict yourself. First, you insult me by accusing me of being a Trumpster, then you flatter me by acknowledging my intelligence. The two can not both be true.

  • Obviously, you are a followers of Trumpite-ism and have no concept whatsoever of grass roots socialist democracy in Cuba or elsewhere. You an intelligent person, but you are coming across on this one like somebody totally uninformed.

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