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Raul Castro to Step Down as Cuba's President in April 2018

Eighty-six-year-old Raul Castro will hand over power shortly afterward to the president-elect.

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Updated:December 21, 2017, 11:46 PM IST
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Raul Castro to Step Down as Cuba's President in April 2018
In this July 26, 2017, file photo, Cuba's President Raul Castro gestures as he arrives for the ceremony marking the 64th anniversary of the July 26, 1953 rebel assault which former Cuban leader Fidel Castro led on the Moncada army barracks, Pinar del Rio. (Photo: Reuters/Alejandro Ernesto)
Havana: Cuban President Raul Castro will step down in April 2018 straight after elections that same month to choose his successor, according to a vote on Thursday in the island state's National Assembly.

The vote pushed back the date of the general elections, which were initially to be held at the end of February, because of disruption caused by a hurricane in September.

The elections will now take place on April 19.

Castro, 86, will hand over power shortly afterward to the president-elect.

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