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Raul Castro to end rule in 2018

CNC report from Havana
Added On February 25, 2013

Cuba's National Assembly of People's Power Sunday reelected Cuban leader Raul Castro Ruz to a second five-year term.
  
Meanwhile, the 81-year-old Castro announced on Sunday he will step down from power after his second term ends in 2018.

SOUNDBITE(SPANISH) RAUL CASTRO, President of Cuba
"I'm going to turn 82, I have a right to retire already."

Since officially taking office as president in 2008, Raul Castro has introduced a series of reforms to modernize the country 's aging socialist model, including limited private enterprise, easing travel restrictions and allowing the sale or exchange of private property.

The parliament also named Miguel Diaz-Canel as first vice president, meaning he would take over if Castro cannot serve his full term.