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Era ends as Raul Castro steps down as Communist Party chief

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Posted at 9:18 AM, Apr 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-17 12:18:24-04

HAVANA — Raul Castro says he is stepping down as Cuban Communist Party leader, leaving the island without a Castro guiding affairs for the first time in more than six decades and handing control of the party to a younger generation.

The 89-year-old Castro made the announcement in a speech Friday at the opening of the eighth congress of the ruling party, the only one allowed on the island.

Castro didn’t say who he would endorse as his successor as the first secretary of the Communist Party.

But he previously indicated he favors yielding control to 60-year-old Miguel Díaz-Canel, who succeeded him as president in 2018.