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Raúl Castro

President of Cuba Raúl Castro

Profession: President of Cuba


Biography: Brother of Fidel Castro, Raúl has been the President of Cuba since 2008.

He is also the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, and Air Force) and is the nation's highest ranking general.

Born: June 3, 1931
Birthplace: Biran, Holguin, Cuba
Age: 91 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Gemini

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Married Life

  • 1959-01-26 President of Cuba Raúl Castro (27) weds revolutionary Vilma Espín (28) in Santiago de Cuba

Historical Events

  • 1962-07-02 Cuba's Minister of Foreign affairs Raúl Castro arrives in Moscow
  • 2006-07-31 Fidel Castro temporarily hands over power to brother Raúl Castro. This leads to a celebration in Little Havana (La Pequeña Habana in Spanish), Miami, Florida, where many Cuban Americans participated.
  • 2013-02-24 Raúl Castro is elected to a second term as the President of Cuba
  • 2013-02-25 Cuban President Raúl Castro announces he will not seek another term in 2018
  • 2014-01-02 Raúl Castro gives a speech commemorating the 55th anniversary of the Cuban revolution and warns of "neo-liberal and neo-colonial thinking" entering the country
  • 2015-04-11 Barack Obama and Raúl Castro meet in Panama, the 1st meeting of US and Cuban heads of state since the Cuban Revolution
  • 2018-04-19 Miguel Diaz-Canel is elected Cuba's new president, after former president Raúl Castro steps down
  • 2021-04-16 Raúl Castro confirms he is resigning as Cuban Communist Party leader, ending his family's six decade leadership of Cuba
  • 2021-04-19 Cuba's Communist party announces Miguel Díaz-Canel will replace Raúl Castro as party leader, after the latter steps down

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