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Raul Castro stepping down as Cuba's president in April

Eyewitness Recollections of Hurricane Irma Raul Castro stepping down as Cuba's president in April
Erik Tate | 22 December, 2017, 01:09

Cuba's leader, Raúl Castro, will step down as president in April, roughly two months later than anticipated, the government announced on Thursday.

Castro had announced that he would retire at the end of his two terms on February 24, the original date of the election of the new National Assembly.

Despite those restrictions and the effects of the storm, the Cuban economy expanded 1.6 per cent in 2017 on strong growth in tourism, Economy Minister Ricardo Cabrisas told the assembly on Thursday.

The decision to postpone the departure of Castro was taken over "the exceptional situation" caused by the passage of Hurricane Irma last September, which caused considerable damage to housing and other infrastructure and 10 deaths.

WannaCry cyberattack: USA says it has evidence North Korea was 'directly responsible'
We are not alone with our findings, either. "Stopping malicious behavior like this starts with accountability", Bossert said. The attack was eventually stopped by a British hacker who discovered a " kill switch " in the code that disabled the virus.

But analysts and Cuban dissidents recently told the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald that an economy in recession, the hardening of US sanctions and the diplomatic crisis stemming from health attacks on USA diplomats in Havana set the stage for Castro's extended term.

Castro will be replaced when his successor is chosen by a top governing council, Cuba's National Assembly has agreed.

There was no mention of Diaz-Canel's role in the official announcement. While Raul was certainly more open to reforms than his brother, it will be curious to see what happens if someone not named Castro steps in. With the current council of state - the powerful group Castro heads - also staying until mid-April, it ensures that the 86-year-old leader will remain in power until then. Fidel Castro died past year after relinquishing power to his brother in 2008.

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