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Cuba extends legislative period, delaying Castro transition: report

Cuba extends legislative period, delaying Castro transition: report
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Cuba’s parliament voted Thursday to extend its legislative period from February to April, delaying the transition from Raúl Castro to a new president, Reuters reported

The delay was caused by Hurricane Irma, which ripped through the island in September before making landfall in Florida, Reuters reported, citing Cuban state-run media.

Castro, 86, has promised to step down in 2018 when his second term as president ends.

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The country had already delayed municipal elections planned for October by a month, according to the news service. 

The Trump administration has rolled back former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama gives Twitter shoutouts to early voters facing challenges: 'You're an inspiration to all of us' Obama highlights Biden's tweet from a year ago warning Trump wasn't ready for pandemic Why childcare must be a priority to restart the economy MORE’s policies opening diplomatic ties with Cuba. Trump announced earlier this year new restrictions on travel and commercial ties.

Castro said in January that Trump should not expect Cuba to “make concessions inherent to its independence and sovereignty.”