Should all happen as expected, February 24th 2018 will be a momentous day in the lives of many Cubans.  On that day, 10 years after officially taking over from his brother Fidel, President Raúl Castro has promised to step down from power, marking the first time that many on the island will have ever known a head of state without his famous last name. Fidel himself had been president between 1976 and 2008, and prior to that had been the main power behind the throne since the 1959 Cuban revolution. Nearly 60 years of Castro-led government, then, will finally come to an end.

For many Cubans, regardless of their political loyalties, the Castro name has come to represent their country, for good or for bad. Raúl stepping down from office, following on from the death of Fidel in November 2016, is therefore a hugely symbolic moment by any account, and one that will generate a great deal of uncertainty.



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