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A Guide to 2018 Latin American Elections: Cuba



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.

>> Find out about other elections in our main 2018 Election Guide.

Miguel Díaz-Canel

Cuba: New President, New Economy?

July 19, 2018

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.

How Much Change Will Cuba’s New President Bring?

April 17, 2018

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.

Raúl Castro's Unfinished Legacy in Cuba

April 09, 2018

Castro's attempts at reform remain unfulfilled. What can Cubans expect from his successor?

Cuba's Five Issues to Watch in 2018

January 11, 2018

Here’s what you need to know about an end to the Castro presidency, new migration rules, Russia ties, and more.

2018 Latin American elections flags

A Timeline of 2017 and 2018 Elections in Latin America

November 16, 2017

Latin Americans will vote for nine new presidents in two years, along with more than 2,900 legislators.

Richard Feinberg at an AS/COA event on Cuba in New York

LatAm in Focus: Richard Feinberg on the Post-Castro Cuban Economy

December 02, 2016

Listen: How will Cuba change after Fidel Castro’s death and with a new U.S. president?