Raul Castro retains high Communist Party post

2016-04-20 08:02
A handout picture by Cuba’s official website of President Raul Castro. (AFP)

A handout picture by Cuba’s official website of President Raul Castro. (AFP)

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Havana - State media says Raul Castro will hold the Cuban Communist Party's highest post for another five years alongside his hardline second-in-command. It's an apparent message that the island's ageing revolutionary leaders will retain control in the face of détente with the United States and widespread popular dissatisfaction with the country's economic performance.

Government news sites said the 84-year-old Castro would remain the party's first secretary and Jose Ramon Machado Ventura would be second secretary for a second term. Castro currently is both president and first secretary. The decision means he will hold a position at least as powerful as the presidency even after stepping down in 2018.

The 85-year-old Machado Ventura is known as an enforcer of Communist orthodoxy and voice against some of the country's biggest recent economic reforms.

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