Became known date of the departure of Raul Castro to resign
The head of Cuba Raul Castro will resign on 19 April 2018. Earlier he claimed that he will leave the post of Chairman of the state Council after the February elections to that authority, but the vote was postponed for two months.
Cuban leader Raul Castro will leave his post April 19, 2018. It is reported by the U.S. Spanish-language newspaper El Nuevo Herald. Castro’s resignation will occur after the elections to the state Council.
On Thursday, Cuban Parliament decided to postpone elections to the state Council for two months — instead of the planned 24 February they will be held on April 19.
In the Cuban political system, the presidency consists of two combined posts of Chairman of the state Council and head of the Council of Ministers. The state Council consists of 31 members who are elected by Parliament and perform the legislative powers in the break between the parliamentary sessions.
As noted by Reuters, the transfer is due to the need to restore Cuba after the hurricane “Irma” that swept the country in September. Damage to one of the island’s economy amounted to $2.2 billion.