Monday 29 December 2014

Cuban leader hints at wish to step down

Published 23/02/2013 | 04:00

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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