Posted by: Sarah | February 19, 2008

change is in the air…vamos a ver…

Castro steps down as Cuban leader 

Cuba’s ailing leader Fidel Castro has announced he will not accept another term as president, ending the communist revolutionary’s 49 years in power.

The BBC’s Michael Voss reports from Havana that most Cubans will be saddened by news of their leader’s retirement but many hope the political transition will bring economic improvements.

Anyone hoping that Fidel Castro’s departure from the political scene would bring about the end of the communist regime was disappointed, the BBC’s Nick Miles reports.

Whilst Cuban exiles celebrated in Miami there were no protests on the streets of Havana calling for political change.

In part, our reporter says, this is because the regime does not tolerate dissent but it is also because many in Cuba are wary of what change will probably mean – a mass influx of exiles returning from Miami.


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