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Castro to remain head of Cuba's Communist Party until 2021

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — Cuba's Raul Castro – who on Thursday stepped down, ceding the presidency to Miguel Diaz-Canel in a historic handover – said he would remain head of the island's all-powerful Communist Party until 2021.

"My second and final mandate (as party head) will expire in 2021," the 86-year-old told delegates at the National Assembly. "From then on, I will be soldier alongside the people, defending the revolution."

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