Raúl Castro has resigned his position as the Cuban Communist Party leader, ending the Castro brothers’ six decades rule over Cuba .
Mr Castro, 89, told his party congress that he was stepping down and handing over the leadership to a younger generation “full of passion and anti-imperialist spirit”. The move brings to an end the Castro brothers rule since elder brother the late Fidel Castro captured powered after the 1959 revolution.
“I believe fervently in the strength and exemplary nature and comprehension of my compatriots,” Raul told party delegates in Cuba’s Capital City -Havana. Although Mr Castro did not name a successor the party leadership was handed to Miguel Díaz-Canel, who took over as the island’s president in 2018.
Fidel Castro led the 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. Fidel Castro died in 2016. As leader, Raúl Castro maintained the communists’ one-party grip on power.
He oversaw an improvement in relations with United States between 2014 and 2016, including historic talks with President Barack Obama in 2016.
The change at the top of Cuba’s governing party comes as the island’s leadership is tackling its most serious economic crisis in decades.
The Covid-19 pandemic, financial reforms and restrictions imposed by the Trump administration have hit the economy, which shrank by 11% last year.
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