Raul Castro confirms he is relinquishing leadership of the Cuban Communist Party | TBEN News

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Raul Castro confirmed that he was handing over the leadership of the all-powerful Communist Party of Cuba to a younger generation that was “full of passion and anti-imperialist spirit” at its congress which began on Friday.

In an opening speech for the four-day closed-door event, excerpts from which aired on state television, Castro, 89, said he had the satisfaction of handing over the leadership to a group party loyalists who had decades of experience in their own way. in the ranks.

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“I firmly believe in the strength, nature and exemplary understanding of my compatriots, and as long as I live, I will be ready with my foot in the stirrups to defend the homeland, the revolution and socialism,” Castro told hundreds of party delegates gathered. in a convention center in Havana.