The Communist Party of Cuba has confirmed this Friday that Raúl Castro will cease to be its secretary general , after ten years at the head of the formation, within the framework of the celebration of the VII Congress held in Havana.
During the presentation of his report, Castro highlighted the progress made in the last five years, but he also recognized the need to “create greater dynamism” in solving the problems the island faces.
According to the party’s website, Castro has shown his “satisfaction” knowing that he is leaving the leadership of the country “to a group of prepared leaders, hardened by decades of experience” and “committed to the ethics of the Revolution.”
Castro deplores US hostility and offers “uncompromising” dialogue
In addition, Castro on Friday denounced the increase in hostility from the United States in recent years and insisted on the will of his country to promote a respectful dialogue “without concessions inherent to its sovereignty and independence.”
Castro, who during his last term as president (2013-2018) promoted the thaw process with the neighboring country, deplored during his speech at the opening of the VIII Congress of the PCC (only) the tightening of Washington’s sanctions , even during the coronavirus pandemic.
It is expected that at the end of this Congress, which will last four days and is the main conclave of Cuban communists, the 89-year-old Army General will permanently withdraw from politics and hand over the leadership of the formation to the current president of the country. Miguel Díaz-Canel.
According to the first secretary of the PCC, quoted by the state agency Prensa Latina – the Congress is held behind closed doors and without access to the foreign press – the more than two hundred measures against Cuba imposed during the term of the previous US president, Donald Trump , manifest the “ruthless nature of imperialism.”
The Republican president abolished the legal channels for sending remittances, tightened the requirements to travel to the island, vetoed cruises, banned flights to all Cuban airports except Havana, and reincorporated the Caribbean island in the US list of countries. sponsors of terrorism.
Castro argued that US policy harms Cuba’s economic relations with practically all the nations of the planet, spoke of a “real hunt” and criticized that Washington seeks to “sabotage the business system, break the management of the State and promote chaos, strangle the country and cause a social explosion. ”
In Cuba, which is going through an acute economic crisis, the arrival of Democrat Joe Biden to the White House last January was expected to ease the bilateral tensions experienced with Trump and promote a new rapprochement.
In contrast, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, when asked today by the conclave of Cuban communists, reiterated that changing policy towards Havana is not a priority for Biden’s foreign policy.