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Cuban President Raul Castro to step down in 2018

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Cuban leader Raul Castro announced he will step down in 2018, which would be the end of his second term as president, CNN reported.

Castro, 81, made the statement in a speech he gave following his reelection by the Cuban National Assembly in its opening session, Reuters said.

During this session, the assembly also voted Miguel Diaz Canel as First Vice President, meaning Canel would step into the leadership role if Castro were unable to fulfill his duties, Reuters said.

Castro first assumed the leadership of Cuba replacing his ailing older brother, Fidel Castro, in 2006, CNN said.

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