Cubans have been digesting moves made by President Raul Castro to limit the term the country’s rulers can serve to two five year-terms. The president says the plan is to “guarantee the systematic rejuvenation” of government. Castro along with his aging colleagues have ruled the country since 1959.
The announcement caused a buzz on the streets of Havana. One man said: “We need to see how it will be done.We can’t let this be like Eastern Europe or let things happen like in other countries, we don’t want this country to become a mess.”A woman said: “I don’t want to lose the achievements of the Revolution, “not even a little bit” like Che Guevara used to say. S as long as they are respected, it all the same to me whether they are around for 10, 20, 30 or 40 years.”
The weekend’s congress fell on the 50th anniversary of the US-backed invasion of the Bay of Pigs, a failed attempt to start a counter-revolution against Fidel Castro.