HAVANA TIMES, March 22 — After 50 years of a socialist government and highly personalized leadership, lots of people on and off the island are wondering what’s next for Cuba when Fidel Castro and his brother Raul are gone.
Some supporters of the Revolution had put their hopes on a generational change in leadership, which included younger cadres like former Vice President Carlos Lage or Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque.
However, that possibility went down the drain after these men were sacked by the government on grounds of corruption.
If you browse through the Juventud Rebelde newspaper website, you can find several articles referring to recently held meetings of top Communist Party officials with the Young Communist League (UJC). At most of those meetings an often used phrase was heard: “The future of the Revolution is guaranteed.”
What’s your opinion?
Are the Communist Party officials a bit overoptimistic?
What will happen when the lives of the historic leaders inevitably come to an end?
Will young Cubans be convinced enough to carry on with the economic model that their predecessors have bequeathed them in the name of social justice?
Or will they opt for a less paternalistic and less centralized political system?
Will the transition be smooth and gradual, or will there be turmoil involved?
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