"Cuban President Raúl Castro is expected to step down from power on April 19, 2018 (although some reports indicate it could be a day earlier) when the communist government's 605-member National Assembly of People's Power selects a new president and 30 other members of the Council of State. Pursuant to Cuba's Constitution (Article 74), the president of the Council of State is also Cuba's head of state and government. Castro, currently 86 years old, is in his second five-year term and indicated in 2013 that he would not seek a third term. Most observers expect First Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez to be chosen as president, although Raúl is expected to continue in his position as first secretary of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC), which could give him continued influence over government policy."
CRS Insight, IN10885
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html