Fidel Castro officially handed over power to his brother Raúl Castro on this day in 2006.
Why did Fidel Castro decide to transfer power to his brother?
Fidel Castro's decision to transfer power to his brother Raúl Castro was prompted by his declining health. Fidel underwent intestinal surgery in July 2006, leading him to temporarily delegate presidential responsibilities to Raúl. Eventually, Fidel made the decision permanent due to his health condition.
What role did Raúl assume after taking over from Fidel?
After assuming power from Fidel Castro, Raúl Castro became the acting president of Cuba. He held this position until February 2008 when he was formally elected as the President of the Council of State and the President of the Council of Ministers.
How did Raúl Castro's presidency differ from Fidel Castro's rule?
Raúl Castro's presidency marked a period of gradual reform in Cuba. Under his leadership, the country experienced some economic changes and openness to limited market reforms. Raúl implemented measures such as allowing more private enterprise and initiating diplomatic discussions with the United States, leading to the restoration of diplomatic relations in 2015.