For the first time since 1959, Cuba won’t have a Castro president. On April 18, Raúl Castro stepped down and gave way to his protégé and Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel. However, Castro will still be at the helm of the Communist Party and the military through 2021.
Before the power transition came a vote for 12,515 municipal posts on November 26, 2017 and for 605 seats in the unicameral National Assembly and 1,265 seats in the provincial assemblies on March 11.
Miguel Díaz-Canel is pushing constitutional and private-sector reforms to try to revamp the ailing economy. But red tape could tie up Cuba instead.
Raúl Castro will hand off the presidency – likely to his vice-president Miguel Díaz-Canel – leaving Cubans to speculate on the true impact of the shift.
Castro's attempts at reform remain unfulfilled. What can Cubans expect from his successor?
Here’s what you need to know about an end to the Castro presidency, new migration rules, Russia ties, and more.
Latin Americans will vote for nine new presidents in two years, along with more than 2,900 legislators.