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Why Raul Castro is happy Fidel is gone

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Why Raul Castro is happy Fidel is gone

Authors

Brian Latell

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What will the newly liberated Raul Castro look like as a leader? He remains as poorly understood today as at any time in his more than 60 years in public life, in large part because he has existed in the shadow of his more charismatic brother. For decades there have been contradictory images of the dogmatic enforcer and the overly sensitive patsy, but the strongest clue as to what kind of leader Raul would be emerged when he took nominal control of the country after Fidel’s illness in 2006. It has been a challenging decade for Raul who often found that his boldest reform initiatives were undermined by his weakened but still meddlesome brother who demanded until the end fidelity to his decades-long revolution. But the economic and social pressures facing Cuba give Raul little choice except to make the dramatic changes that he has long wanted to enact.

Publication Date

12-2016

Publisher

Politico

Disciplines

Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

Why Raul Castro is happy Fidel is gone

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