Raul Castro won't seek another term in power

00:18, Feb 25 2013
Raul Castro
PRESIDENT: Cuban leader Raul Castro took over from his brother Fidel.

Cuban President Raul Castro says he will not seek another five year term after the one he's just starting ends.

He has tapped 52-year-old Miguel Diaz-Canel as his top deputy, ready to assume the presidency without any disruption.

Castro said the country had reached a "transcendent" moment in which it was ready to start transferring responsibility and power to a younger generation.

Diaz-Canel's appointments marks the first time someone who did not directly participate in the 1959 Cuban revolution assumed such an important role.

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