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Raul Castro to Stand Down as Head of Cuba’s Communist Party

  • Fidel’s brother will hand reins of the Cuban communist party
  • Historic hand-off comes amid economic crisis, rising tensions
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Cuba’s Communist Party Congress that kicked off Friday made it official: Raul Castro, late leader Fidel Castro’s brother, plans to step down as party chief, ending his family’s six-decade grip on the communist island.

Castro, 89, didn’t say who would be taking his place, but he’s likely to cede his position to Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel.