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Cuba to elect new, non-Castro president for first time in 60 years

  • Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:06
Cuba will elect a new president on Thursday, marking the end of an era, as 86-year-old Raul Castro hands over power to the Caribbean island's first non-Castro president in six decades. Current Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel, 57, is widely expected to be the successor, who will be picked by parliament. His election will represent a takeover by younger leaders, replacing the bearded guerrillas led by Raul Castro's brother Fidel, who overthrew the corrupt dictator Fulgencio Batista in the 1959 revolution. A deepening economic crisis in Cuba's ally Venezuela has squeezed its finances at a time when US President Donald Trump has stepped up economic pressure on the island, tightening business and travel restrictions following a thaw under Barack Obama. The private sector, which has been fuelled by a boom in tourism, with 4.5 million visitors recorded in 2017, already employs more than a third of the workforce. World News | news.com.au — Australia’s #1 news site

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