Cuba is approaching a generational change in government amid difficult circumstances and a population less interested in politics, according to preliminary returns from Sunday elections on the island that showed a record 17.1 percent of the voters did not participate.

The election also put First Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel, apparent successor to Raúl Castro, under a spotlight as Castro made a low-key visit to Santiago de Cuba, where he’s rumored to be planning to live after he retires as promised in April.

The legislative National Assembly of People’s Power selected on Sunday is scheduled to appoint the new president when it first meets on April 19. 



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