The Castro Era Comes to an End
After 59 years, the Castro era has come to an end. The family has ruled the socialist nation since Fidel Castro led a revolution from 1953 to 1959.
Today Cuba will open a session of its National Assembly. President, Raul Castro will step down after serving as the 18th Président of Cuba, succeeding his brother Fidel Castro, in February 2008. First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel is expected to assume the position of Cuba's president until a handpicked successor is chosen after a party vote on April 19th.
Cuba has always been opposed to political campaigning. Little is known how Diaz-Canel will navigate through these challenges. However, there is reason to believe the presumed president will continue with liberalizing social policies, given his past support for LGBT rights, expanded internet access and loosening government controls on media. Still, Diaz-Canel is not known to support changing Cuba's government from the one-party system in place since the revolution.
Castro will remain the head of the ruling Communist Party until 2021 and is expected to continue to play a big role in policy decisions.