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Raul Castro confirms he's resigning Communist Party post, ending Castro era in Cuba

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Acting Cuban President Raul Castro participates in a military parade on Dec. 2, 2006, at Revolution Square to celebrate the 80th birthday of his brother, President Fidel Castro, and the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Army.

HAVANA — Raul Castro said Friday he is resigning as head of Cuba’s Communist Party, ending an era of formal leadership by he and his brother Fidel Castro that began with the 1959 revolution.

Castro made the announcement Friday in a speech at the opening of the Eighth congress of the ruling party, the only one allowed on the island. 

Castro didn’t say who he would endorse as his successor as first secretary-general of the Communist Party, but he previously has indicated that he favors yielding control to Miguel Diaz-Canel, who succeeded him as president in 2018.

Cuba's new president Miguel Diaz-Canel, applauds during the speech of Cuban former president Raul Castro after he was formally named president.

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