havana - Raul Castro must postpone his resignation for two months. The 86-year-old President of Cuba was due to leave on 24 February, but with the approval of the National Assembly this was postponed to 19 April. The reason is simple: the busy aftermath of Hurricane Irma has replaced the president's replacement.
Castro sat at the meeting of the assembly next to the first vice president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, who is likely to succeed him. The new president is faced with a nation that, despite US anti-communist policies under Trump and the money-consuming building work after Irma, is doing reasonably well. The Cuban economy grew by 1.6 percent in 2017, mainly due to increasing tourism.
Raúl Castro succeeded his brother Fidel in 2008, who was stunned with his health. 'El Lider' died in November 2016 at the age of 90.