He is 89 year old and he had told a party congress that he is handing over the leadership to a younger generation “full of passion and anti-imperialist spirit”.
This move, will ends the era of formal leadership by him and his brother Fidel Castro which began with the revolution in year 1959.
After six decades this made Cuba to not have a Castro formally guiding its politics for the first time.
Fidel Castro led the communist revolution that toppled the Cuban government in 1959, when Raúl served as one of his commanders.
Fidel Castro was the country’s leader until falling ill in 2006 and in 2008 handed over the presidency to his brother Raúl Castro. Fidel Castro died in 2016.
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