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.

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 ObamaIraq is not yet lost, but if we continue to ignore it, it soon will be Obama praises marathon runners Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei for 'remarkable examples of humanity's ability' Each of us has a role in preventing veteran suicide 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.”