The Cuban politician previously signalled he was planning to resign from the post, which he assumed in 2011 after several decades of his brother Fidel’s leadership. Castro is expected to hand over the reins to Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel.
Raul Castro is stepping down as first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, the official newspaper Granma reported, citing his announcement made at the party’s congress in the capital Havana.
“The General of the Army said that he was pleased to hand over the leadership of the country to a group of trained leaders, seasoned by decades of experience … committed to the ethics of the Revolution, identified with the history and culture of the nation”, the newspaper said.
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