Report: Cuban President Raul Castro to step down in April 2018

HAVANA, Cuba. – It looks like Raul Castro will be staying in power a bit longer in Cuba than initially expected. 

Cuban state-run media is reporting the current Cuban parliament has decided to extend its session up until April. 

The National Assembly's announcement did not explicitly say that Castro would remain until April, but under Cuba's constitution, he will retain his position until then barring extraordinary action to replace him. The announcement did not mention such action.

The National Assembly cited Hurricane Irma and subsequent delays in their election process as the cause.  

Initially, Feb. 24 was the date set for when the National Assembly would meet and pick the country's next president. 

That has been pushed back until April 19.  

Castro is expected to be replaced by First Vice President Miguel Diaz Canel.

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