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Raul Castro named Cuba's next president

After his brother Fidel resigned earlier this week, Raul Castro was named Cuba's next president, its first change in absolute power in nearly half a century, the New York Times reported.

In his first statement as president, Raul Castro made said he would make no major changes and promised to consult his brother in important decisions, the New York Times reported.

However, he did propose giving more power to provincial governments and an effort to streamline the bureaucracy in Havana. “Today a more compact structure is required,? he said, according to the Times.

“We should never believe that what we have done is perfect,? he said.

In Miami, where a number of Cubans have lived since the revolution in Cuba, the reaction was subdued to say the least, Reuters reported.

There were no celebrations in the streets and a number of Cubans seem uninterested in the prospect that Raul Castro would bring any change to the island nation.

"Castro is still going to have the power. Cuba is going to be the same and nobody is going to have freedom in Cuba," said Eduardo Migueltorena, a Miami real estate agent who came to Florida in the 1980 Mariel boatlift.