Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has reportedly resigned from the Communist Party’s leadership and has called on a new generation of leaders. One of the chief issues is the island’s economy, and debates on ways to revive growth.
Castro began transferring control to his brother Raul in July 2006, when he underwent intestinal surgery, and officially stepped down as president in 2008.
“Raul knew that at this time I wouldn’t accept any role in the party,” Castro wrote in a column published on Cuba Debate, a state-run website.
In an earlier column posted on the same website, Castro said new leaders are well-prepared intellectually for a task that would be more difficult than the challenges faced by his generation when they took power in 1959. Castro said he wrote the comments after listening to debates during a Communist Party summit that started April 16.
“There is no margin for error in this moment in human history,” Castro, 84, said in the first column. “The new generation is being called upon to rectify and change without hesitation everything that should be rectified and changed.”
Fidel Castro had served as the first secretary in the Central Committee of the Party since its creation in 1965.
The AFP newsagency says his resignation comes as the Party approved landmark economic reforms at its conference in Havanna.
It seems this has been a planned move for awhile as Castro grows old. Hopefully this marks a new start for Cuba.