Breaking Now: Most Americans cannot recall when a Castro was not the head of government in Cuba. Today, that changed.
“Raúl Castro said Friday he was stepping down as chief of Cuba’s ruling Communist Party, leaving behind a demoralized country running on little except post-revolutionary fumes as it struggles with growing food shortages and rising discontent,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
“Mr. Castro’s retirement announcement, which came during a four-day party congress in Havana, marks a generational change as the old guard that took power with his older brother Fidel Castro in 1959 gives way to a younger generation of bureaucrats. The 89-year-old is expected to be replaced by his handpicked successor, President Miguel Díaz Canel, a longtime party apparatchik.
“Mr. Díaz Canel, a burly, white-haired 60-year-old, takes over at a particularly tough time, with Cuba’s economy facing its biggest crisis since the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. The Covid-19 pandemic has largely shut down the country’s vital tourism industry, causing the economy to contract 11% last year, according to the government.”
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as warranted…