anniversary of the death of revolutionary father Fidel Castro on
Saturday as it looks ahead to the post-Castro era. Ceremonies marking the anniversary are scheduled across the Caribbean island.
his death at the age of 90 on November 25 last year, his wishes have
been respected. No street, square or building bears his name, and no
statue or monument has been erected in his honor.
by accident or design, the tributes coincide with the first round of
municipal elections which will mark a turning of the page in Cuban
of elections that will end in February next year with the first
generational change at the top in Cuba in 60 years — the election of
Raul Castro’s replacement, who will, for the first time, be a
President in waiting
after the revolution, the 57-year-old with salt-and-pepper hair has the
tough task of forging the first post-Castro government, consolidating
the revolution’s gains and executing an economic transition laid out by
food here is a little expensive. It’s complicated. ….the economy is
what penalizes the Cuban population the most and I think that to advance
this sector would improve our daily life.”
official annual growth target of 2.0 percent last December was adjusted
down to 1.0 percent in July. Some economists are predicting a deeper
slowdown, as the country struggles to recover from the damage wreaked by
Hurricane Irma in September.
guidelines, approved by the Communist Party, provide the framework for
political and economic reforms until 2030, with the aim of consolidating
the regime and dragging an obsolete economic model into the 21st
that scenario, over the next couple of years the government’s agenda
and operating style will probably not change very much,” said Michael Shifter, president of the Washington-based Inter-American Dialogue.
such a transition “offers opportunities for policy changes according to
the vision of the new generation that will occupy the top positions,”
according to Cuban Arturo Lopez-Levy, of the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.
must still overcome the old mentality and update the legal and
constitutional order because no -one can govern Cuba as Fidel and Raul
google_ad_client = “ca-pub-7823325978435516”;
google_ad_host = “pub-1556223355139109”;
google_ad_slot = “7893254985”;
google_ad_width = 300;
google_ad_height = 250;