?? Is it the end of the Castro era? – Inside Story

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The Castro brothers – Fidel and Raul – have, between them, been in power in Cuba for almost 60 years. But that is about to change.

More than eight million people were eligible to vote for a new general assembly that will then be tasked with electing a new president in April.

And this time the president’s name will not be Castro. Raul is stepping down after serving his second five-year term.

Cuba’s new leader is likely to be someone who did not fight in the 1959 revolution, with current Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel favourite for the job.

However, Raul Castro is expected to stay on as leader of the Communist Party.

So, will it mean a change in politics for this island nation?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra


Peter Hakim, President emeritus of the Inter-American Dialogue

Carlos Alzugaray, Cuba’s Former Ambassador to the European Union.

Larry Birns, director of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs.

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