Raul Castro Confirms He’s Resigning, Ending Long Era in Cuba

Castro made the announcement in a speech at the opening of the Eighth congress of the ruling party, the only one allowed on the island.

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Raul Castro, first secretary of the Communist Party and former president, attends the VIII Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba's opening session, at the Convention Palace in Havana, Cuba, Friday, April 16, 2021. (Ariel Ley Royero/ACN via AP)
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HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro said Friday he is resigning as head of Cuba’s Communist Party, ending an era of formal leadership by him and his brother Fidel Castro that began with the 1959 revolution. Castro made the announcement Friday in a speech 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 first secretary-general of…

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