Will Raul Bring Real Change to Cuba?

Fidel's brother may use his stint at the helm of the Communist island to implement economic reformsbut don't expect big policy shifts

When Fidel Castro announced on July 31 that he was undergoing gastrointestinal surgery and handing Cuba's political reins over to his brother Raul, the world collectively wondered if this might finally be the end of the demagogic Communist leader's ironclad grip on Cuba and its ossified economy. Raul, who is just five years younger than his nearly octogenarian brother, has long been the designated successor. But the differences between the two brothers' economic ideologies has been readily apparent, sparking rumor that Raul may implement reforms to stimulate private enterprise and foreign investment once Fidel is out of commission.

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