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Raul Castro to step down as Cuba's president in April 2018

Marcelino Vazquez, ACN, AFP | This handout picture released by the Cuban News Agency (ACN) shows (L to R) President of the Cuban National Assembly Esteban Lazo with Cuban President Raul Castro.
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Cuban President Raul Castro will step down in April 2018 straight after elections that same month to choose his successor, according to a vote Thursday in the island state's National Assembly.

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The vote pushed back the date of the general elections, which were initially to be held at the end of February, because of disruption caused by a hurricane in September.

The elections will now take place on April 19.

Castro, 86, will hand over power shortly afterward to the president-elect.

(AFP)

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