Cuba’s leader, Raúl Castro, will step down as president in April, roughly two months later than anticipated, the government announced on Thursday.
Cuban officials decided to push back the highly anticipated transition because the government in September delayed legislative elections in the wake of damage caused by Hurricane Irma.
Under the revised timeline, the National Assembly’s current term will end April 19, instead of Feb. 24.
Mr. Castro, 86, announced in 2013 that he would step down at the end of the legislative term. Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel, 57, a Communist Party stalwart, is widely expected to become the next president.
Cuba analysts have struggled to ascertain how much power Mr. Díaz-Canel would have if he is in fact selected as Cuba’s president. Mr. Castro is expected to remain at the helm of the Communist Party, giving him significant sway in an authoritarian nation that he and his older brother, Fidel Castro, have ruled since 1959, when they assumed power through an armed uprising.
Mr. Castro became president in December 2008, as the health of his older brother deteriorated. The elder Mr. Castro died last year.
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