Cuba After Castro: The Coming Elections and a Historic Changing of the Guard

Cuba After Castro: The Coming Elections and a Historic Changing of the Guard
A young man fishes on the shores of Regla as commuters cross the bay by ferry to Havana, March 14, 2016 (AP photo by Ramon Espinosa).

On Nov. 26, Cubans will go to the polls to elect delegates to 168 municipal assemblies, the first step in an electoral process that will culminate next February when the National Assembly, Cuba’s parliament, will select a new president. In 2013, when Raul Castro pledged not to seek a third term, he also imposed a two-term limit for all senior government and Communist Party leadership positions. That means the succession will replace not only Castro but almost all the remaining members of the “historical generation” who fought to overthrow Fulgencio Batista’s dictatorship in 1959. The changing of the guard comes […]

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