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Raul Castro confirms he's handing over leadership of Cuba's Communist Party

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Raul Castro confirmed he was handing over the leadership of Cuba's all-powerful Communist Party to a younger generation that was "full of passion and anti-imperialist spirit" at its congress that kicked off on Friday.

Younger generation 'full of passion and anti-imperialist spirit' to take over, 89-year-old says

Raúl Castro, pictured here in 2019, confirmed Friday that he's handing over leadership of Cuba's Communist Party to a younger generation. (Yamil Lage/Pool/Reuters)

Raul Castro confirmed he was handing over the leadership of Cuba's all-powerful Communist Party to a younger generation that was "full of passion and anti-imperialist spirit" as its congress that kicked off on Friday.

In a speech opening the four-day closed-door event, excerpts of which were broadcast on state television, Castro, 89, said he had the satisfaction of handing over the leadership to a group of party loyalists that had decades of experience working their way up the ranks.

"I believe fervently in the strength and exemplary nature and comprehension of my compatriots, and as long as I live I will be ready with my foot in the stirrups to defend the fatherland, the revolution and socialism," Castro told hundreds of party delegates gathered at a convention centre in Havana.

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