The Cuban communist party is holding its first congress in 14 years, the first without Fidel Castro, and one that is indicating his brother Raul’s determination to rejuvenate the party.
The Congress will formalise Raul’s leadership of the country, but the party leadership is set for a shake-up.
“We have arrived at the conclusion that it would be best to limit political and state positions to a maximum of two consecutive five-year terms,” he said.
Raul observed it was “embarrassing” that in 50 years the party had been unable to establish a steady stream of fresh blood in the party’s higher echelons, and that it ran the risk of being unable to replace the current elderly leadership with well-trained successors.
In all 311 proposed reforms will be debated in the four-day meeting.