Cuba kicks off Communist Party Congress slated to mark end of the Castro era
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Miami Herald

Communist Party leaders in Cuba kicked off a four-day event Friday in which Raúl Castro is expected to retire from politics as the regime his brother spearheaded over six decades ago faces a crushing economic crisis and mounting social tensions. Delegates are gathering at Havana’s Convention Palace for an opening ceremony before launching into discussions about Cuba’s Soviet-style economy and reforms adopted in the 2011 party congress that have still not been entirely implemented. Official channels didn’t appear to be broadcasting the event early on Friday. The gathering is billed as a “Congre…

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