Cuba's President Raul Castro is seen during the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, December 21, 2017. Omara Garcأa Mederos/ACN/Handout via REUTERS
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Cuban President Raul Castro will step down in April 2018 straight after his successor is chosen by a top governing council, according to a vote Thursday in the island state's National Assembly.The decision means Castro, 86, will stay on two months longer than previously anticipated.Cuba's president is designated by a 31-member body called the Council of State.Castro, who officially became president in 2008 after serving as interim leader for two years, had already announced he would not be seeking a new mandate.
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