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Headline: Raul Castro Takes Over as Cuba's New President

Following Fidel Castro's resignation last week, Cuba's National Assembly has named Fidel's brother, Raul, to be Cuba's new president. Yesterday, the National Assembly that is Cuba's 614-member legislature cast secret ballots to choose the 31-member Council of State, which acts as the Assembly when it is not in session. The vote included Raul Castro's new job.

Raul Castro conspired with his brother to plan the 1950's uprising that sparked the Cuban revolution, and installed Fidel Castro in power cementing the first communist nation in the Western Hemisphere.

Though Fidel Castro's daughter, who opposes her father's regime, thinks that her uncle taking charge ensures more of the same, Raul Castro once told reporters, "Is there going to be a transition here toward something? Yes, toward a better form of socialism and — here's something you'll like — toward a more democratic society."

I don't know, but I think it would be pretty hard to start a job like this at 76. . .


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