June 19, 2021

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Raul Castro announces his retirement as the first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba

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Raul Castro announced that he would officially step down as the party's top leader. (AFP)

Raúl Castro made the above statement when making a report on behalf of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba.

Raul Castro, the first secretary of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party, will officially step down as the party’s top leader and hand over the leadership of the country to a new, prepared, experienced and upholding revolutionary principle. A group of leaders.

Xinhua News Agency reported that the Eighth National Congress of the Cuban Communist Party opened in the capital Havana on Friday (April 16). Raúl Castro made the above statement when making a report on behalf of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba.

He said that the new group of party leaders represents the continuation of the Cuban revolution and he has full confidence in the future of the country. He also said that after resigning as the first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, he will not hold any position in the party’s leading organization, but as a revolutionary fighter, he will continue to contribute his modest strength to the party until the end of his life.

Raul Castro is also analyzing the current situation of Cuba’s economic situation, anti-epidemic performance, and training of party cadres, and exposing and criticizing the United States’ hostile policy towards Cuba. He pointed out that promoting economic development and establishing a firm ideological position are important tasks of the party.

Raul Castro is 89 years old. He followed his brother and the late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro into the armed struggle against the dictatorship. In October 1965, Raul Castro was elected as the second secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba. In February 2008, he was elected Chairman of the Cuban Council of State and Chairman of the Council of Ministers. In 2011 and 2016, he was elected as the first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba twice at the Sixth National Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba and the Seventh National Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba. In April 2018, he stepped down as Chairman of the Cuban Council of State and Chairman of the Council of Ministers.

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