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Fidel's brother likely successor

With Cuban leader Fidel Castro announcing his retirement at the ripe age of 81, there is little doubt about who will replace him. Cuba will hardly choose youth after 50 years under Castro, as the 76-year-old Raul Castro will likely become Cuba's next leader.

Raul has been in charge of the country since Fidel became ill 19 months ago, the Star Tribune reported. And although the leadership is not expected to change much, there is cautious optimism about the direction the country may be taking. The Star Tribune interviewed a Cuban taxi driver, Tony Gomez, who said that the Cuban people feel Raul knows they want better living conditions.

Despite this optimism, Fidel Castro still believes things will remain the same.
"The reality is otherwise," he wrote when confronted with the idea of impending change.