Raul Castro to Stay in Office Until April as Cuba Extends Term

Cuban leader Raúl Castro will not leave his office in February 2018 fueling more uncertainty about a future transition on the island

It looks like Raul Castro will be staying in power a bit longer in Cuba than initially expected. Despite those restrictions and the effects of the storm, the Cuban economy expanded 1.6 percent in 2017 on strong growth in tourism, Economy Minister Ricardo Cabrisas told the assembly Thursday.

Cuban state-run media is reporting the current Cuban parliament has chose to extend its session up until April.

Castro took office for his late brother Fidel in 2008, when his health began to decline, and said in 2013 he would step down at the end of his second legislative term.

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Under the revised timeline, the National Assembly's current term will end April 19, instead of February 24. The announcement did not mention such action.

The date of the elections was pushed back due to the devastation that Hurricane Irma had on Cuba in September.

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This is the first time since the late Fidel Castro reintroduced a limited election in 1976, that the government made a decision to change the dates of the elections.

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