Canada to return diplomat families from Cuba over health concerns By Patrick Oppmann and Angus Watson , CNN Updated 0703 GMT (1503 HKT) April 17, 2018 Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Listen Listening... / 5:00 For the first time in 59 years, Cuba’s head of state will not be named Castro. And he would stop and talk to people and listen to them. It’s a neat little system that’s even less democratic than the U.S.
Castro has pledged to step down Thursday and hand the presidency to a successor most Cubans believe will be the man Castro named in 2013 as his first vice president. Six years later, he was named minister of higher education and was praised for modernizing curricula and introducing computer technology to many university programs. The goal, a former official with Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts told Newsweek, was to get a jump on the competition if President Bill Clinton opened up Cuba to U.S. business.