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Raul Castro resigns from the leadership of the Communist Party in Cuba
Raul Castro confirmed that he has resigned from the leadership of the Communist Party in Cuba, after six decades of rule by him and his older brother Fidel Castro, writes Reuters .
The news was announced by Raul Castro, 89, as he delivered a speech at the opening of the Eighth Congress of the ruling party in Cuba.
"As long as I live, I will be ready to defend the state, revolution and socialism with more force than ever before, " he said.
Castro has not supported any of his successors, but in the past has shown support for Miguel Diaz-Canel, who was elected president of Cuba, after Castro in 2018.
Fidel Castro led the 1959 Revolution, ousting Fulgencio Batistan.
He became chairman of the Communist Party of Cuba in 1965, and led the state until handing over the presidency to Raul in 2008.
Raul Castro is known for reaching an agreement with former US President Barack Obama in 2014, which has resulted in the strengthening of ties between the two countries, although a good part of the agreement was later overturned by another former US President Donald Trump.