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Castro confirms he is passing Cuban Communist Party leadership to new generation

In a speech opening the four day closed door event, excerpts of which were broadcast on state television, Castro, 89, said he had the satisfaction of handing over the leadership to a group of party loyalists that had decades of experience working their way up the ranks.

April 17, 2021 / 08:47 AM IST
A family watches local TV news showing Cuba's First Secretary of the Communist Party and former President Raul Castro addressing the audience of the VIII Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba's opening session in Havana, Cuba, April 16, 2021. (REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini)

A family watches local TV news showing Cuba's First Secretary of the Communist Party and former President Raul Castro addressing the audience of the VIII Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba's opening session in Havana, Cuba, April 16, 2021. (REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini)

Raul Castro confirmed he was handing over the leadership of the all-powerful Cuban Communist Party to a younger generation that was "full of passion and anti-imperialist spirit" at its congress that kicked off on Friday.

In a speech opening the four day closed door event, excerpts of which were broadcast on state television, Castro, 89, said he had the satisfaction of handing over the leadership to a group of party loyalists that had decades of experience working their way up the ranks.

"I believe fervently in the strength and exemplary nature and comprehension of my compatriots, and as long as I live I will be ready with my foot in the stirrups to defend the fatherland, the revolution and socialism," Castro told hundreds of party delegates gathered at a convention center in Havana.
Reuters
first published: Apr 17, 2021 08:47 am

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