Cuba's Raul Castro to exit government in 2018
Raul Castro succeeded his ailing brother, Fidel, as Cuba's president.
February 24th, 2013
07:30 PM ET

Cuba's Raul Castro to exit government in 2018

Cuban President Raul Castro said Sunday that he would step down from power in 2018, when his second term as president is set to end.

"I would like to make clear ... this will be my last term," he said during a televised speech.

The announcement came shortly after the country's National Assembly re-elected Castro to a second five-year term and tapped Miguel Diaz Canel to be first vice president.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    In 1959, I was a young, politically naïve college student, watching with anticipation of idealistic changes as Fidel Castro took power.
    Boy, did I have that wrong! Communism never turns out the way you hope it will.

    February 24, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO

    It must be nice to know exactly what you'll be doing in 2018.

    February 24, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |