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.