Cuban President Raul Castro to retire in 2018

Monday, 25 February 2013 - 12:08

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Cuban President Raul Castro has said he will stand down at the end of his second term in 2018, following his re-election by the National Assembly.

Castro,formally assumed the presidency in 2008 - two years after replacing his ailing brother Fidel.

The Communist assembly, whose members ran for office unopposed, also chose Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez as Castro's first vice-president.

Diaz-Canel,  is widely seen as Raul Castro's successor.