Change in Cuba: Fidel retires

All major news networks are reporting that President of Cuba Fidel Castro has resigned from his job. Fidel’s brother, Raúl, has been in charge for the last year and a half, and will continue in his role as Acting President until the National Assembly elects a successor to Fidel.

The news was first published on the website of the official state newspaper, Granma, at 3 am local time (0700 GMT). Mr Castro, who has ruled Cuba since 1959, first as Prime Minister and subsequently as President, said he would not “accept the position of President of the Council of State and Commander-in-Chief”.

After 49 years in power, Fidel Castro has resigned as leader of Cuba.

What this will bring for the future is yet to be known, but this will be an explosive catalyst.

Mr Castro’s resignation letter, in Spanish
Mr Castro’s resignation letter, in English

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