Cuban leader Raul Castro will stay in power past February

Trevor Jackson
December 22, 2017

The announcement was made Thursday by the Cuban State Press.

The Cuban parliament in Thursday extended its term from February until April in a move nearly certain to extend President Raul Castro's time in office.

Initially, Feb. 24 was the date set for when the National Assembly would meet and pick the country's next president.

The announcement did not specifically mentioned Castro's tenure.

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Castro will be replaced when his successor is chosen by a top governing council, Cuba's National Assembly has agreed.

Granma, the official state newspaper, said Thursday on Twitter that parliament had extended its session until mid-April to deal with recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma, which slammed into the island in September. While Raul was certainly more open to reforms than his brother, it will be curious to see what happens if someone not named Castro steps in.

"Diaz-Canel is flawless for that because he does not have any power, nor anyone who follows him, nor a commanding voice", Gonzalez said.

Castro has reiterated on several occasions that he will step down as president in 2018, although he will remain as first secretary of the central committee of the ruling Communist Party of Cuba (PCC). Fidel Castro died in November 2016.

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