The term of Raul Castro, which was originally set to end in February, has now been extended to April 19.
The vote comes the day after the first anniversary of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro’s death and precedes another election early next year for provincial and national assembly deputies.
Cuba is embarking on a political cycle that will end the 60-year Castro rule, starting with a municipal vote and ending with the selection of a new president in late February.
Raúl Castro, breaking step with his brother Fidel’s path, grapples with the complex question: how do you develop Cuba’s post-communist economy?
The outcome will be anxiously monitored around the world as a sign of whether the populist tide that saw the Brexit and Trump’s election is still rising.
The incident comes at an awkward time as US President Donald Trump considers whether to continue normalising relations with the Caribbean island.
The International Criminal Court court must address charges of neo-colonialism.
The legitimacy and credibility of those in power has been eroded by bad governance, patronage and the obsession to claim an exclusive agency representing the people.
New governments were voted in, others struggled through crises, some economies recovered and one country inched closer to peace. Next year brings promise to some, stability to others and continued unrest elsewhere.
The best way to pay homage to “El Comandante” – the commander – is to follow his concept of revolution, said President Raul Castro.
The Cuban leader and the Nobel Prize-winning author shared a close relationship that lasted nearly four decades and informed both of their lives and their work.
President Obama will urge Trump to not damage the peace between US and Cuba, insisting that ‘turning back the clock’ will damage economic prospects.
Some Cubans are worried Trump will shut down the US-Cuban trade and travel ties that have begun to emerge in the past two years.
‘We have come here today recognising our great debt to the Cuban people. What other country has such a history of selfless behaviour as Cuba has shown for the people of Africa?’
In his early years as a leader, Castro’s Jesuit school education heavily influenced his views on physical education and its value for nation-building.
There is no bust of Fidel Castro in Cuba, but he has earned his place in history.
The revolutionary leader, who defied the US for over 50 years, has left behind in much of the world a feeling of inevitable, but nonetheless irreparable, loss.
Looking back on the life of the Cuban communist and revolutionary and the astonishing impact he had on not just Cuba or Latin America but the whole world.
Castro took power in a 1959 revolution and ruled Cuba for 49 years with a mix of charisma and iron will, creating a one-party state and becoming a central figure in the Cold War.
In spite of rapprochement with the US, Cuban president Raúl Castro has put his reform agenda on hold. Why the delay?
“He lacked the words to ask for forgiveness for the killings of hundreds of thousands of people,” Castro wrote about US president’s speech in Hiroshima.
This was the 89-year-old leader’s most extensive public appearance in years.
Cuba’s current leaders include several septuagenarian or octogenarian veterans of Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution.
But Che Guevara’s daughter criticised the Cuban Communist Party for asking the people to attend the Papal mass
In a whirlwind visit, the former Uruguayan president Pepe Mujica breathes life into the embattled Brazilian left as Lula prepares to enter politics again.