Raúl Castro

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Raúl Castro
Raúl Castro, July 2012.jpeg
President of Cuba
Assumed office
February 24, 2008
Acting: July 31, 2006 – February 24 2008
Vice President José Ramón Machado
Miguel Díaz-Canel
Preceded by Fidel Castro
First Vice President of Cuba
In office
December 2, 1976 – February 24, 2008
Succeeded by José Machado Ventura
Secretary General of Non-Aligned Movement
In office
February 24, 2008 – July 11, 2009
Acting: September 16, 2006 – February 24, 2008
Preceded by Fidel Castro
Succeeded by Hosni Mubarak
Personal details
Born June 3, 1931 (1931-06-03) (age 85)
Birán, Holguín, Cuba
Political party PCC
Spouse(s) Vilma Espín (1959 – 2007; widowed)

Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz (born June 3, 1931) is the President of the Cuban Council of State[1][2] and the 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.[3]

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.

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