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Cuba to Start Historic Transition From Raul Castro a Day Earlier

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    Video of Raul Castro Announcing Death of Fidel Castro

    Cuba's leader Raul Castro announced Friday the death of his brother and former leader Fidel Castro. (Published Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016)

    What to Know

    • Cuban state media reported Monday that the government moved up the start of a meeting of the National Assembly.

    • Raul Castro is expected to pass the presidency to 57-year-old Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel.

    • Castro, 87, plans to remain head of Cuba's Communist Party, a position that leaves him with broad authority.

    A legislative session that will see a historic political transition in Cuba is going to start one day earlier than expected.

    Cuban state media reported Monday that the government moved up the start of a meeting of the National Assembly in which President Raul Castro plans to step down and hand over the office to a younger successor.

    The session will now start Wednesday instead of Thursday.

    Website Cubadebate said the session was moved up to prepare for a "session of such importance."

    Future of Cuba Under Raul Castro

    [MI] Future of Cuba Under Raul Castro
    NBC 6's Sheli Muniz talks to political experts about the future of Cuba under Raul Castro after the death of brother Fidel Castro.
    (Published Monday, Nov. 28, 2016)

    Castro is expected to pass the presidency to 57-year-old Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel. Raul Castro took over from his brother Fidel in 2008 and the two have headed Cuba's government in one form or another since 1959.

    Raul Castro, 87, plans to remain head of Cuba's Communist Party, a position that leaves him with broad authority, including oversight of his replacement.

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