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Cuba's leader pledges 'continuity'

Castro successor, Diaz-Canel, takes reins of island nation

By COMPILED BY DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE STAFF WIRE REPORTS

This article was originally published April 20, 2018 at 3:07 a.m. Updated April 20, 2018 at 3:07 a.m.

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Cuba’s former President Raul Castro acknowledges legislators Thursday at the National Assembly in Havana. “Well I’m gone, and that’s the future,” he told them.

HAVANA -- In his first hour as Cuba's new head of state, Miguel Diaz-Canel made clear that while Raul Castro is no longer president, the longtime Communist leader is still the power to be reckoned with in this island nation.

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