Sunday 20 April 2014

Cuban leader hints at wish to step down

CUBAN president Raul Castro has unexpectedly raised the possibility of leaving his post, saying he is old and has a right to retire. But he did not say if a move was imminent.

He is scheduled to be sworn in for a new five-year term on Sunday. Mr Castro said to listen to his speech that day, which would be "interesting".

"I am going to be 82 years old," Mr Castro said at a joint appearance with visiting Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev, adding: "I have the right to retire, don't you think?"

He has spoken before of his desire to implement a two-term limit for all government positions.

Irish Independent

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