Cuba – Raul Castro steps down: Party elects new leaders, Diaz-Canel to be president

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    Delegates of #Cuba’s #CommunistParty elected a new Central Committee on Sunday, with an announcement due Monday on leadership as its historic congress closes with a sendoff for chief Raul #Castro. When the 89-year-old Castro steps down as first secretary of the Communist Party — the most powerful position in Cuba — it will end a nearly six-decade family hold on power that started in 1959 under his revolutionary brother, Fidel, who died in 2016. FRANCE 24’s Chief Foreign Editor Rob Parsons tells us more.

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