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Raúl Castro

Raúl Castro

President of Cuba

Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz is a Cuban politician and revolutionary who has been President of the Council of State of Cuba and the President of the Council of Ministers of Cuba since 2008; he previously exercised presidential powers in an acting capacity from 2006 to 2008.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Raúl Castro.


1931 Birth Born on June 3, 1931.


1953 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Raúl Castro's travels and contact with Soviet KGB agent Nikolai Leonov—whom he met in 1953 during a trip to the Soviet-bloc nations and again in 1955 during his exile in Mexico City—facilitated Cuba's close ties with the Soviets after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution. … Read More
1958 27 Years Old 1 More Event
On 27 February 1958, Raúl was made comandante and assigned the mission to cross the old province of Oriente leading a column of guerrillas to open, to the northeast of that territory, the "Frank País Eastern Front." … Read More
In response to the victory by Che Guevara at the Battle of Santa Clara, the U.S.-backed President Fulgencio Batista fled Cuba in the early morning of 1 January 1959. … Read More


On 31 July 2006, Raúl Castro was designated as the President of the Council of State in a temporary transfer of power due to Fidel Castro's illness. According to the Cuban Constitution of 1976, Article 94, the Vice President of the Council of State assumes presidential duties upon the illness or death of the president.
2007 76 Years Old 1 More Event
On 1 May 2007, Raúl presided over the May Day celebrations in Havana. … Read More
2008 77 Years Old Raúl Castro was officially elected as President by the National Assembly on 24 February 2008, after Fidel Castro, who was still ailing, announced his intention not to stand for President again on 19 February 2008.
2009 78 Years Old In March 2009, Raúl Castro dismissed some officials.
2011 80 Years Old 1 More Event
Raúl Castro was elected as First Secretary of the Communist Party at its Sixth Congress on 19 April 2011, having previously served as Second Secretary under his brother for 46 years.
He was re-elected President on 24 February 2013, and shortly thereafter announced that his second term would be his final term and that he would not seek re-election in 2018. … Read More
2015 84 Years Old 1 More Event
After a meeting with Pope Francis in Vatican City on 10 May 2015, Castro said that he is considering returning to the Roman Catholic Church. … Read More
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