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Cuban leader Raul Castro says he will retire in 2018

Cuba's President Raul Castro speaks at the closing session of the National Assembly of the Peoples Power in Havana February 24, 2013. Castro announced on Sunday he would step down from power after his second term as president ends in 2018, and the new parliament named a 52-year-old rising star to become his first vice president and most visible successor. Castro, 81, made the announcement in a nationally broadcast speech shortly after the Cuban National Assembly elected him to a second five-year term in the opening session of the new parliament. "This will be my last term," Castro said. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuba's President Raul Castro speaks at the closing session of the National Assembly of the Peoples Power in Havana February 24, 2013. Castro announced on Sunday he would step down from power after his second term as president ends in 2018, and the...more

Cuba's President Raul Castro speaks at the closing session of the National Assembly of the Peoples Power in Havana February 24, 2013. Castro announced on Sunday he would step down from power after his second term as president ends in 2018, and the new parliament named a 52-year-old rising star to become his first vice president and most visible successor. Castro, 81, made the announcement in a nationally broadcast speech shortly after the Cuban National Assembly elected him to a second five-year term in the opening session of the new parliament. "This will be my last term," Castro said. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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Cuba's President Raul Castro addresses the audience during the closing session of the Cuban National Assembly in Havana February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

Cuba's President Raul Castro addresses the audience during the closing session of the Cuban National Assembly in Havana February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

Cuba's President Raul Castro addresses the audience during the closing session of the Cuban National Assembly in Havana February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa
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Cuban President Raul Castro shows his voting ballot during the session of the National Assembly of the People's Power in Havana February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Ismael Francisco/Courtesy of Cubadebate/Handout

Cuban President Raul Castro shows his voting ballot during the session of the National Assembly of the People's Power in Havana February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Ismael Francisco/Courtesy of Cubadebate/Handout

Cuban President Raul Castro shows his voting ballot during the session of the National Assembly of the People's Power in Havana February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Ismael Francisco/Courtesy of Cubadebate/Handout
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Cuba's President Raul Castro makes the final speech at the closing session of the National Assembly of the Peoples Power in Havana February 24, 2013. Castro announced on Sunday he would step down from power after his second term as president ends in 2018, and the new parliament named a 52-year-old rising star to become his first vice president and most visible successor. Castro, 81, made the announcement in a nationally broadcast speech shortly after the Cuban National Assembly elected him to a second five-year term in the opening session of the new parliament. "This will be my last term," Castro said. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuba's President Raul Castro makes the final speech at the closing session of the National Assembly of the Peoples Power in Havana February 24, 2013. Castro announced on Sunday he would step down from power after his second term as president ends in...more

Cuba's President Raul Castro makes the final speech at the closing session of the National Assembly of the Peoples Power in Havana February 24, 2013. Castro announced on Sunday he would step down from power after his second term as president ends in 2018, and the new parliament named a 52-year-old rising star to become his first vice president and most visible successor. Castro, 81, made the announcement in a nationally broadcast speech shortly after the Cuban National Assembly elected him to a second five-year term in the opening session of the new parliament. "This will be my last term," Castro said. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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Cuba's President Raul Castro, (L), makes the final speech at the closing session of the National Assembly of the Peoples Power in Havana February 24, 2013. Castro announced on Sunday he would step down from power after his second term as president ends in 2018, and the new parliament named a 52-year-old rising star to become his first vice president and most visible successor. Castro, 81, made the announcement in a nationally broadcast speech shortly after the Cuban National Assembly elected him to a second five-year term in the opening session of the new parliament. "This will be my last term," Castro said. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuba's President Raul Castro, (L), makes the final speech at the closing session of the National Assembly of the Peoples Power in Havana February 24, 2013. Castro announced on Sunday he would step down from power after his second term as president...more

Cuba's President Raul Castro, (L), makes the final speech at the closing session of the National Assembly of the Peoples Power in Havana February 24, 2013. Castro announced on Sunday he would step down from power after his second term as president ends in 2018, and the new parliament named a 52-year-old rising star to become his first vice president and most visible successor. Castro, 81, made the announcement in a nationally broadcast speech shortly after the Cuban National Assembly elected him to a second five-year term in the opening session of the new parliament. "This will be my last term," Castro said. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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Cuba's President Raul Castro and newly elected first vice president Miguel Diaz Canel, (R), attend the closing session of the National Assembly of the Peoples Power in Havana February 24, 2013. Castro announced on Sunday he would step down from power after his second term as president ends in 2018, and the new parliament named a 52-year-old rising star to become his first vice president and most visible successor. Castro, 81, made the announcement in a nationally broadcast speech shortly after the Cuban National Assembly elected him to a second five-year term in the opening session of the new parliament. "This will be my last term," Castro said. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuba's President Raul Castro and newly elected first vice president Miguel Diaz Canel, (R), attend the closing session of the National Assembly of the Peoples Power in Havana February 24, 2013. Castro announced on Sunday he would step down from power...more

Cuba's President Raul Castro and newly elected first vice president Miguel Diaz Canel, (R), attend the closing session of the National Assembly of the Peoples Power in Havana February 24, 2013. Castro announced on Sunday he would step down from power after his second term as president ends in 2018, and the new parliament named a 52-year-old rising star to become his first vice president and most visible successor. Castro, 81, made the announcement in a nationally broadcast speech shortly after the Cuban National Assembly elected him to a second five-year term in the opening session of the new parliament. "This will be my last term," Castro said. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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Cuba's President Raul Castro speaks at the closing session of the National Assembly of the Peoples Power in Havana February 24, 2013. Castro announced on Sunday he would step down from power after his second term as president ends in 2018, and the new parliament named a 52-year-old rising star to become his first vice president and most visible successor. Castro, 81, made the announcement in a nationally broadcast speech shortly after the Cuban National Assembly elected him to a second five-year term in the opening session of the new parliament. "This will be my last term," Castro said. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Cuba's President Raul Castro speaks at the closing session of the National Assembly of the Peoples Power in Havana February 24, 2013. Castro announced on Sunday he would step down from power after his second term as president ends in 2018, and the...more

Cuba's President Raul Castro speaks at the closing session of the National Assembly of the Peoples Power in Havana February 24, 2013. Castro announced on Sunday he would step down from power after his second term as president ends in 2018, and the new parliament named a 52-year-old rising star to become his first vice president and most visible successor. Castro, 81, made the announcement in a nationally broadcast speech shortly after the Cuban National Assembly elected him to a second five-year term in the opening session of the new parliament. "This will be my last term," Castro said. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan
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Cuba's President Raul Castro (L) addresses the audience next to newly elected First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel during the closing session of the Cuban National Assembly in Havana February 24, 2013. Castro announced on Sunday he would step down from power after his second term as president ends in 2018, and the new parliament named a 52-year-old rising star to become his first vice president and most visible successor. Castro, 81, made the announcement in a nationally broadcast speech shortly after the Cuban National Assembly elected him to a second five-year term in the opening session of the new parliament. "This will be my last term," Castro said. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

Cuba's President Raul Castro (L) addresses the audience next to newly elected First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel during the closing session of the Cuban National Assembly in Havana February 24, 2013. Castro announced on Sunday he would step down...more

Cuba's President Raul Castro (L) addresses the audience next to newly elected First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel during the closing session of the Cuban National Assembly in Havana February 24, 2013. Castro announced on Sunday he would step down from power after his second term as president ends in 2018, and the new parliament named a 52-year-old rising star to become his first vice president and most visible successor. Castro, 81, made the announcement in a nationally broadcast speech shortly after the Cuban National Assembly elected him to a second five-year term in the opening session of the new parliament. "This will be my last term," Castro said. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa
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