After being in power for nearly 50 years, Fidel Castro, 84, has officially stepped down as the first secretary of the Central Committee of Cuba’s Communist Party. His brother Raul Castro, 79, has now assumed leadership of the party. While Raul has kept a majority of old faces in leadership positions, three new members have been appointed to the leadership council.
Congress has recently approved 300 economic proposals that could bring aid to Cuba’s poor economy. Some of these reforms include allowing more small business licenses, cutting the state’s inflated payroll, and surprisingly allowing the buying and selling of private property. These reforms present significant changes for Cuba but, Raul Castro said that these reforms will occur over time.
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