Miguel Diaz-Canel, a 57-year-old Communist Party official and currently the first vice president, is expected to be confirmed as successor to the presidency on Thursday.
Cuba's National Assembly will elect a new president and announce Raul Castro's replacement, in a two-day process that will install someone from outside the Castro family in the highest government office for the first time in nearly six decades.
Although Fidel Castro’s socialist reforms continue to contribute to a highly educated and healthy population, most Cubans lack purchasing power.
Cuba's President Raul Castro will step down on Thursday. His departure will mean the end of almost 60 years of the Castro family's dominance over the island nation. Raul Castro took over from his more famous brother Fidel in 2008.
On April 19, the long awaited generational shift in Cuban politics will happen: none of the leaders of the Communist-ruled island’s next government are likely to be elderly former fighters from the 1959 leftist revolution.
President Raul Castro, who succeeded his brother Fidel, will step down in April. His departure will mark a changing of the guard for Cuba's Communist Party after six decades of Castro rule.
An artist's project dubbed "Habana Light Neon + Signs", is restoring the vintage signs of the cinemas, hotels and cabarets that lit up Havana's nightlife in its 1950s heyday.
Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart - also known as Fidelito -had been receiving treatment for depression, Cuban state media reports.
Fidel Castro, a towering figure of the 20th century who built a Communist-run state on the doorstep of the United States and defied US efforts to topple him, died aged 90 on November 25 last year.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro paid a surprise visit to Castro's tomb in Santiago de Cuba, the country's most important economic and political ally.
The new investment in the Mariel special development zone will produce coffee and other food-related products if the deal is successful. The zone is part of Cuba's drive to update the centrally planned economy under President Raul Castro.
Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States, died on November 25, 2016 at the age of 90.
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