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.