Raul Castro gets new term, says it will be last

3:15 AM, Feb 25, 2013   |    comments
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HAVANA (AP) -- Cuban President Raul Castro says he will not seek another five year term after the one he's starting Sunday ends.

He has tapped 52-year-old Miguel Diaz-Canel as his top deputy, ready to assume the presidency without any disruption.

Castro says the country has reached a "transcendent" moment in which it is ready to start transferring responsibility and power to a younger generation.

Diaz-Canel's appointment marks the first time someone who did not directly participate in the 1959 Cuban revolution assumed such an important role.

Castro spoke Sunday evening before parliament.

Associated Press

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