Raúl Castro

Former First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba
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Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz (born June 3, 1931) was the President of the Cuban Council of State[6][7] and former head of state of Cuba. He was also Second Secretary of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), Commander in Chief (Maximum General) of the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, and Air Force) and is the younger brother of Fidel Castro.

Raúl Castro
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First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba
In office
19 April 2011 – 16 April 2021
Acting: 31 July 2006 – 19 April 2011
PresidentHimself
Miguel Díaz-Canel
DeputyJosé Ramón Machado
Preceded byFidel Castro
Succeeded byMiguel Díaz-Canel
18th President of Cuba
In office
24 February 2008 – 19 April 2018
Acting: 31 July 2006 – 24 February 2008
Prime MinisterHimself (as President of the Council of Ministers)
Vice PresidentJosé Ramón Machado
Miguel Díaz-Canel
Preceded byFidel Castro
Succeeded byMiguel Díaz-Canel
Second Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba
In office
3 October 1965 – 19 April 2011
LeaderFidel Castro
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byJosé Ramón Machado
1st First Vice President of Cuba
In office
2 December 1976 – 24 February 2008
PresidentFidel Castro
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byJosé Ramón Machado
Minister of Defence
In office
16 February 1959 – 24 February 2008
Prime MinisterFidel Castro
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byJulio Casas Regueiro
Secretary-General of the Non-Aligned Movement
In office
24 February 2008 – 16 July 2009
Acting: 31 July 2006 – 24 February 2008
Preceded byFidel Castro
Succeeded byHosni Mubarak
Personal details
Born
Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz

(1931-06-03) 3 June 1931 (age 90)
Birán, Cuba
Political partyPopular Socialist Party (Before 1953)
26th of July Movement (1953–1965)
Communist Party (1965–present)
Spouse(s)
Vilma Espín
(m. 1959; died 2007)
Children4, including Mariela and Alejandro
Signature
Military service
Allegiance Cuba
Branch/serviceRevolutionary Armed Forces
Years of service1953–59
RankComandante en jefe.jpg Comandante
Unit26th of July Movement
Battles/warsCuban Revolution
Cuban Missile Crisis
AwardsHero of the Republic of Cuba[1]
Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise[2]
National Order of Mali[3]
Quetzal Medal[4]
Order Prince Daniel of Good Faith First Degree[5]

On February 24, 2013, Castro announced that his second term would be his final term and that he would not seek re-election in 2018.[8] He officially stepped down on 19 April 2018.

Between 2014 and 2016, Castro would work with President Barack Obama on improving diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. As a result, the U.S. embargo on Cuba would be lifted and travel/trade restrictions would be lifted as well.

Castro announced at the Eighth Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, which began on the 16 April, 2021, that he was stepping down as leader of the Communist Party of Cuba.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Castro, Fidel (2007). Fidel Castro Reader. Ocean Press. p. 37. ISBN 9781920888886.
  2. "Kiev Ukraine News Blog". Kiev Ukraine. Archived from the original on 17 January 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  3. "Orders, Decorations and Medals – – Medals of Cuba". Jean paul leblanc. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  4. Antonio de la Cova. "Cuba Foreign Relations". Latin American Studies. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  5. "Orders, Decorations and Medals, Medals of Cuba". Jean paul leblanc. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  6. "Fidel Castro announces retirement". BBC News. 2008-02-18. Retrieved 2008-02-24. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. "Raul Castro named Cuban president". BBC News. 2008-02-24. Retrieved 2008-02-24. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  8. Peter Orsi (2013-02-24). "Cuba's Raul Castro announces retirement in 5 years - Yahoo! News". News.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
  9. Associated Press (April 17, 2021). "Raul Castro confirms he's retiring, ending long era of Castro leadership in Cuba". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved April 17, 2021.

Other websitesEdit

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