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Acting Cuban President Raul Castro speaking last year, over a bas-relief of his brother, Fidel. (Source: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images)

Castro Resigns

Feb 19, 2008

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Sarah Handel

News broke overnight that Fidel Castro will not seek re-election in Cuba, capping off a nearly 50-year reign in the country. He's been sick for quite some time; and his brother, Raul, has been running the country during his illness. President Bush reacted swiftly to the news, asserting that "Eventually, this transition ought to lead to free and fair elections — and I mean free and I mean fair, not these kind of staged elections that the Castro brothers try to foist off as being true democracy." — not exactly a ringing endorsement of Raul's presumed ascendance. Some analysts say Raul's got some reforms up his sleeve; but with Castro's determination to fight on as a "soldier in the battle of ideas," it's hard to imagine a great deal of change for Cuba. Have you spoken with relatives in Cuba since his announcement? Is this the good news they've been waiting for? What do they hope for... and what do they expect?

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