Cuban President Raul Castro to step down in April 2018

Cuban President Raul Castro to step down in April 2018

Despite those restrictions and the effects of the storm, the Cuban economy expanded 1.6 percent in 2017 on strong growth in tourism, Economy Minister Ricardo Cabrisas told the assembly Thursday.

The Cuban parliament approved "unanimously" on Thursday to extend the mandate of the Council of State, of President Raul Castro and his vice presidents for two more months until next April.

In its last ordinary session of the year, headed by President Castro, the MPs agreed to extend their term until April 19, 2018.

Under the revised timeline, the National Assembly's current term will end April 19, instead of February 24.

Time is running out to ship those holiday gifts
Monday was expected to be the busiest day for USPS .com as well, postal officials said, with 7 million projected visits. He's been sending them gifts throughout the holiday season, and he mailed his final present Tuesday .

Elections have been delayed due to the extensive damage caused to the island by Hurricane Irma, state media reported.

It will be the first time in almost 60 years that a leader other than Castro or his late older brother Fidel ruled the country. The announcement did not mention such action.

Castro is still expected to stay on as the first secretary of the Cuban communist party, the only political party allowed in the country. While Raul was certainly more open to reforms than his brother, it will be curious to see what happens if someone not named Castro steps in.

This could be an interesting shift in Cuban politics.

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