Cuba's Political Succession: From Fidel to Raul Castro [Updated January 23, 2008]   [open pdf - 71KB]

From the Summary: "Since Fidel Castro stepped down from power in late July 2006, Cuba's political succession from Fidel to Raúl Castro has been characterized by a remarkable degree of stability. While there have not been any significant economic changes under Raúl, there are signs that some changes could be coming. In a July 26, 2007 speech, Raúl maintained that structural changes were needed in the Cuban economy in order to increase efficiency and production. Moreover, expectations for economic change are increasing in Cuba. Some observers have speculated that Fidel will cho[o]se not to be reelected as President of Cuba's Council of State (which makes him head of state and government) when, on February 24, 2008, the national legislature is scheduled to select from among its ranks the members of the Council of State. Cuba's stable political succession from one communist leader to another raises questions about the future direction of U.S. policy, which currently presumes a democratic transition after the departure of Fidel. This report will not be updated. For developments in U.S. policy toward Cuba, see CRS [Congressional Research Service] Report RL33819, 'Cuba: Issues for the 110th Congress'; and CRS Report RL31139, 'Cuba: U.S. Restrictions on Travel and Remittances'. For background and analysis in the aftermath of Fidel Castro's stepping down from power in July 2006, see CRS Report RL33622, 'Cuba's Future Political Scenarios and U.S. Policy Approaches.'"

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