Cuban President Raul Castro says he will not seek another five year term after the one he’s starting Sunday ends.
He has tapped 52-year-old Miguel Diaz-Canel as his top deputy, ready to assume the presidency without any disruption.
Castro says the country has reached a “transcendent” moment in which it is ready to start transferring responsibility and power to a younger generation.
DIaz-Canel is the first high-level government official under Cuba’s current Communist rule who did not take part in the 1959 revolution. It’s worth noting that Raul Castro is 81, who, while younger than his 86-year-old brother Fidel, is nonetheless probably not in a spot to keep running after the current term.