Raúl Castro: Will he stay in power in Cuba or retire?

miami heraldCuban leader Raúl Castro’s successor will face a perfect storm of challenges — starting with blustery winds coming from President Donald Trump’s White House.

As problems pile up — a deteriorating relationship with the Trump administration, Hurricane Irma, dwindling oil supplies from Venezuela and an economic malaise — the big question three months out from the expected transition is whether the threat of a return to the Cold War will keep Castro in power longer.

The communist island also will face an unprecedented political transition — the first non-Castro president of Cuba in more than 40 years — making it a potentially dangerous situation. Raúl Castro took over for his ailing older brother Fidel — at first provisionally on July 31, 2006, and then officially in 2008. …



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