Raúl Castro

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Raúl Castro
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First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba
Assumed office
19 April 2011
Acting: 31 July 2006 – 19 April 2011
President Himself
Miguel Díaz-Canel
Deputy José Ramón Machado
Preceded by Fidel Castro
18th President of Cuba
In office
24 February 2008 – 19 April 2018
Acting: 31 July 2006 – 24 February 2008
Prime Minister Himself (as President of the Council of Ministers)
Vice President José Ramón Machado
Miguel Díaz-Canel
Preceded by Fidel Castro
Succeeded by Miguel Díaz-Canel
Second Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba
In office
3 October 1965 – 19 April 2011
Leader Fidel Castro
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by José Ramón Machado
1st First Vice President of Cuba
In office
2 December 1976 – 24 February 2008
President Fidel Castro
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by José Ramón Machado
Minister of Defence
In office
16 February 1959 – 24 February 2008
Prime Minister Fidel Castro
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Julio 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 by Fidel Castro
Succeeded by Hosni Mubarak
Personal details
Born Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz
(1931-06-03) 3 June 1931 (age 87)
Birán, Cuba
Political party Popular Socialist Party (Before 1953)
26th of July Movement (1953–1965)
Communist Party (1965–present)
Spouse(s) Vilma Espín (m. 1959; d. 2007)
Children 4, including Mariela and Alejandro
Signature
Military service
Allegiance  Cuba
Service/branch Revolutionary Armed Forces
Years of service 1953–59
Rank Comandante en jefe.jpg Comandante
Unit 26th of July Movement
Battles/wars Cuban Revolution
Cuban Missile Crisis
Awards Hero 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]

Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz (born June 3, 1931) is the President of the Cuban Council of State[6][7] and former head of state of Cuba. He is 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. 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.

References[change | change source]

  1. Castro, Fidel (2007). Fidel Castro Reader. Ocean Press. p. 37. ISBN 9781920888886. 
  2. "Kiev Ukraine News Blog". Kiev Ukraine. 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. 

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