Raúl Casto’s departure marks the end of an era in Cuba

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Cuba will no longer have a Castro in charge of the country for the first time in decades. The representative Raúl Castro, 89 years old and top leader of the Cuban Communist Party, must formalize his retirement at the congress of the legend, which starts from this Friday, 16.

The Communist Party is the only one authorized in Cuba and its first secretary, a position that Castro holds today, is in fact the source of government power, establishing guidelines for the country.

Since a group of Cuban revolutionaries overthrew General Fulgencio Batista, power has largely been in the hands of one of the Castro brothers. First, Fidel Castro, who remained in the presidency until 2008 and in the maximum position of the party until 2011, passing the two positions to his brother Raúl until he passed away, in 2016.

The Cuban presidency had already been transferred from Raúl Castro to the pupil Miguel Diaz Canel in 2018. The next step tends to be the officialization of Canel at the head of the party at this weekend’s congress.

Born in 1960, a year after the revolution, Canel is the first president who did not participate in the seizure of power in 1959. His arrival at the highest posts of the government marks the end of an era in Cuba, with the rise of the generation that has already been born under the socialist regime.