Assignment 1: Current Event
My current event is about the current Cuban President, Raul Castro, leaving office in 2018. The brother of famed Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro announced in February that he would be stepping down as President of Cuba in 2018 after his second term. Castro’s announcement came shortly after lawmakers elected him to a second five-year term. He said he would be stepping down in 2018 because he thinks presidents should be limited to only two terms. Castro was officially elected president in 2008. In 2018, he will be 86.
Castro took over for his older, ailing brother, Fidel, who he quoted in his 2013 acceptance speech. He said, “Revolution is the sense of the historical moment, to change everything that must change. It is equality and freedom. It is to treat and treat others as human beings. It is to emancipate ourselves with our own efforts. It is to defy powerful forces in and out of the social and national context. It is to fight for our dream of justice for Cuba and the world, the fundamentals of our patriotism, and socialism, and our internationalism. May this marvelous definition serve as a guide for the new generations of patriots and Cuban revolutionaries.” Illness forced the elder Castro to step down after nearly 50 years in power.
Additionally, lawmakers elevated Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, 52, to the position of first vice president, putting him next in line to succeed Castro. He is the first member of the generation born after the Cuban Revolution to reach the position. Diaz-Canel previously served as one of five second vice presidents and as minister of higher education. Trained as an electrical engineer, he has a reputation among many Cubans as a plainspoken problem solver. Castro spoke glowingly of Diaz-Canel, saying his rise marks a "definitive step in the configuration of the future leadership of the country, through the gradual and organized transfer to the new generation taking over the main roles."
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