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Castro to stand down in 2018

Cuba's president Raul Castro has announced that his new term will be his last and that he intends to stand down in 2018 at the age of 86. The parliament also named a rising star in the party, Miguel Diaz-Canel, as his first vice president.

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Cuban parliament names vice president and possible successor

In a surprise move, Cuba's new parliament has named a rising young star as Raul Castro's first vice president.

Miguel Diaz-Canel, 52, a member of the political bureau who rose through the party ranks in the provinces to become the most visible possible successor to Castro.

Diaz-Canel would succeed Castro if the 81-year-old cannot serve his full term.

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