Raul Castro http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/29314/all en Cubans to vote in suspense-free polls http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/cubans-vote-suspense-free-polls <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Cubans go to the polls this weekend to choose 612 members of the national assembly, one in a series of votes leading up to the all but certain re-election later this month of President Raul Castro.</p> <p>Polls are to open Sunday at 7.00 am (1200 GMT) and close at 6.00 pm (2300 GMT), in balloting derided by opponents of the Marxist regime as a "farce" and little more than a rubber stamp of the status quo.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/cubans-vote-suspense-free-polls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cuba Government Politics Raul Castro AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 17:45:41 +0000 5743332 at http://www.globalpost.com Cubans vote in suspense-free polls http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/cubans-vote-suspense-free-polls <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Cubans on Sunday elected members of the National Assembly, one in a series of votes leading up to the communist island's all but certain re-election later this month of President Raul Castro.</p> <p>Opponents of the Marxist regime deride the balloting as a farce, noting that the number of candidates vying for office is identical to the number of open seats, leaving no doubt about the outcome.</p> <p>Candidates include the 81 year-old president and his older brother, 86 year-old former president Fidel Castro, who left office due to bad health in 2006.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/cubans-vote-suspense-free-polls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cuba Entertainment Government Politics Raul Castro AFP Sun, 03 Feb 2013 22:31:20 +0000 5744840 at http://www.globalpost.com Cuba's Raul Castro jokes about retiring http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130222/cubas-raul-castro-jokes-about-retiring <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>President Raul Castro jokingly said Friday he is going to retire, noting that he is nearly 82 and has the right to stop working like anyone else.</p> <p>Castro made the comments as Cuba's congress is almost certain to elect him to another term on Sunday.</p> <p>"I am going to resign. I am about to turn 82. I have the right to retire. Don't you believe me?", Castro said with a smile to reporters.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130222/cubas-raul-castro-jokes-about-retiring" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cuba Government Politics Raul Castro AFP Fri, 22 Feb 2013 17:16:24 +0000 5763538 at http://www.globalpost.com Cuba's Raul Castro jokingly hints at possible retirement http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130222/cubas-raul-castro-jokingly-hints-at-possible-retirement <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Castro set to begin second term on Sunday</p> <p>* President turns 82 in June</p> <p>HAVANA, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro, who is expected to begin a second five-year term on Sunday, jokingly told reporters on Friday that he was planning his retirement but left open just when he would step down.</p> <p>"I'm going to retire," said a grinning Castro in the company of visiting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130222/cubas-raul-castro-jokingly-hints-at-possible-retirement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cuba Government Politics Raul Castro Thomson Reuters Fri, 22 Feb 2013 21:00:39 +0000 5763762 at http://www.globalpost.com Raul Castro in final push to reform Communist Cuba http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130222/raul-castro-final-push-reform-communist-cuba <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Raul Castro, who will be re-elected president when Cuba's National Assembly meets on Sunday, wants to reform the island's sclerotic economy while keeping a central role for the Communist Party.</p> <p>It would be a difficult balancing act in the best of times, even for a leader with Raul's impeccable revolutionary pedigree.</p> <p>Raul Castro is the younger brother of legendary Cuban leader Fidel Castro and took power only when the 86-year-old's health began to fail.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130222/raul-castro-final-push-reform-communist-cuba" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cuba Government Health Labor Politics Raul Castro Social Issues AFP Sat, 23 Feb 2013 02:01:54 +0000 5763985 at http://www.globalpost.com Cuba's legislature opens, set to re-elect Raul Castro http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130224/cubas-legislature-opens-set-re-elect-raul-castro <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Cuba's new National Assembly met Sunday to choose a Council of State, which in turn is expected to elect Raul Castro to another five year term as president of the communist country.</p> <p>Assembly members cheered revolutionary icon Fidel Castro, 86, who made a rare public appearance to be at the opening event with his brother Raul, state news agency Prensa Latina reported. Foreign press was barred from the opening ceremony.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130224/cubas-legislature-opens-set-re-elect-raul-castro" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cuba Government Politics Raul Castro AFP Sun, 24 Feb 2013 17:16:21 +0000 5765131 at http://www.globalpost.com Cuba's legislature opens, set to re-elect Raul Castro http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130224/cubas-legislature-opens-set-re-elect-raul-castro-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Cuba's new National Assembly met Sunday for a process that is widely expected to see Raul Castro re-elected president, and included a rare public appearance of revolutionary icon Fidel Castro.</p> <p>Legislators in the communist country cheered when the 86 year-old Fidel took his seat at the National Assembly chamber, state news agency Prensa Latina reported. Foreign press was barred from the opening ceremony.</p> <p>Raul Castro, now 81, became interim president when Fidel took ill in 2006, then formally became president in 2008.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130224/cubas-legislature-opens-set-re-elect-raul-castro-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cuba Government Politics Raul Castro AFP Sun, 24 Feb 2013 21:45:50 +0000 5765347 at http://www.globalpost.com Cuban leader Raul Castro announces his retirement in 2018 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130224/blank-headline-received-3 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Marc Frank</p> <p>HAVANA, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Cuban leader Raul Castro announced on Sunday he would step down from power after his second term as president ends in 2018.</p> <p>Castro made the announcement in a nationally broadcast speech shortly after the Cuban National Assembly elected him to a second five-year term in the opening session of the new parliament.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130224/blank-headline-received-3" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Che Guevara Cuba Government Raul Castro Raúl Castro Thomson Reuters Sun, 24 Feb 2013 23:00:31 +0000 5765405 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 3-Cuban leader Raul Castro announces he will retire in 2018 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130224/update-1-cuban-leader-raul-castro-announces-he-will-retire-2018 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Cuban National Assembly picks top leadership</p> <p>* Castro elected to second 5-year term, to be his last</p> <p>* Miguel Diaz-Canel next in line for presidency (Adds quote from Miami lawyer, Alfredo Duran)</p> <p>By Marc Frank</p> <p>HAVANA, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro announced on Sunday he will step down from power after his second term ends in 2018, and the new parliament named a 52-year-old rising star to become his first vice president and most visible successor.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130224/update-1-cuban-leader-raul-castro-announces-he-will-retire-2018" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cuba Government Human Interest Politics Raul Castro Religion Thomson Reuters Mon, 25 Feb 2013 00:00:48 +0000 5765440 at http://www.globalpost.com Diaz-Canel: Generational change at last in Cuba's leadership http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130224/diaz-canel-generational-change-at-last-in-cubas-leadership <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Miguel Diaz-Canel became the face of generational change in Cuba, as Communist Party leaders on Sunday tapped him to succeed Raul Castro as president in five years' time.</p> <p>Diaz-Canel, 52, was formally elected first vice president of Cuba's Council of State, putting him first in the line of succession to the presidency.</p> <p>If Diaz-Canel takes office as planned in 2018, he would be the first leader in more than a half-century not to have the surname Castro.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130224/diaz-canel-generational-change-at-last-in-cubas-leadership" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cuba Government Miguel Diaz-Canel Politics Raul Castro AFP Mon, 25 Feb 2013 03:15:39 +0000 5765547 at http://www.globalpost.com Diaz-Canel: Generational change at last in Cuba's leadership http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130224/diaz-canel-generational-change-at-last-cubas-leadership <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Miguel Diaz-Canel became the face of generational change in Cuba, as Communist Party leaders on Sunday tapped him to succeed Raul Castro as president in five years' time.</p> <p>Diaz-Canel, 52, was formally elected first vice president of Cuba's Council of State, putting him first in the line of succession to the presidency.</p> <p>If Diaz-Canel takes office as planned in 2018, he would be the first leader in more than a half-century not to have the surname Castro.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130224/diaz-canel-generational-change-at-last-cubas-leadership" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cuba Government Miguel Diaz-Canel Politics Raul Castro AFP Mon, 25 Feb 2013 04:30:34 +0000 5765596 at http://www.globalpost.com Raul Castro: incremental reformer of Cuban communism http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/raul-castro-incremental-reformer-cuban-communism <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Cuban President Raul Castro, elected Sunday to a second and final five-year term, was long seen as a revolutionary hardliner but now is viewed -- after a half-decade of incremental reform -- as a pragmatist.</p> <p>Castro for years was in charge of the country's security apparatus and its armed forces during the rule of his brother Fidel. </p> <p>But after succeeding the ailing Cuban revolutionary leader, he embarked on a reformist course in order to secure communism's survival. </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/raul-castro-incremental-reformer-cuban-communism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cuba Government Politics Raul Castro AFP Mon, 25 Feb 2013 06:16:41 +0000 5765656 at http://www.globalpost.com Slow transition, Castro-style, now under way in Cuba http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/slow-transition-castro-style-now-under-way-cuba <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Cuba began this week to transit slowly towards rule by someone whose last name is not Castro and who is too young to have fought alongside Fidel in the revolution that ushered in communism in 1959.</p> <p>As Cuba tinkers with market-based economic reforms, the man to watch is the new number two guy in the regime, 52-year-old Miguel Diaz-Canel.</p> <p>Diaz-Canel is a former electronic engineer who has long been active in the communist party at the provincial level and who by 2003 had worked his way up to the party Politburo under the wing of the current president Raul Castro.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/slow-transition-castro-style-now-under-way-cuba" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cuba Entertainment Government Politics Raul Castro Social Issues Technology AFP Mon, 25 Feb 2013 23:17:06 +0000 5766484 at http://www.globalpost.com Raul Castro jokes about possible resignation http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/taxonomy/term/35779/130226/raul-castro-jokes-about-possible-resignation <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Havana, Feb 22 (EFE).- Cuban President Raul Castro, soon to be confirmed by parliament for a second five-year term, joked on Friday about the possibility that he might resign because of being so advanced in years.</p> <p>"I'm going to resign. I'm going to be 82 years old and I have the right to retire now," Gen. Castro laughed when asked by reporters about the opening of parliament on Sunday.</p> <p>Then in a more serious tone the president said that he will deliver an "interesting" speech.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/taxonomy/term/35779/130226/raul-castro-jokes-about-possible-resignation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cuba Government Politics Raul Castro Social Issues Agencia EFE Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:16:40 +0000 5767072 at http://www.globalpost.com Cuban dissident says Raul's successor could be a Gorbachev http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130318/cuban-dissident-says-rauls-successor-could-be-gorbachev <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>New York, Mar 18 (EFE).- Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez said here Monday that while the heir apparent to President Raul Castro appears to be a "continuer," she wouldn't dismiss the possibility that once in power he might become a reformer like Mikhail Gorbachev.</p> <p>The writer of the renowned Generacion Y blog described Miguel Diaz-Canel, 52, who was recently designated as Cuba's senior vice president, as a "grey man" who will be unable to govern like Fidel or Raul Castro" because he lacks "that historical status."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130318/cuban-dissident-says-rauls-successor-could-be-gorbachev" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cuba Cuba–United States relations Opposition to Fidel Castro Raul Castro Agencia EFE Mon, 18 Mar 2013 22:32:08 +0000 5787214 at http://www.globalpost.com