Skip to comments.Power shakeup casts more doubt on post-Castro Cuba
Posted on 03/04/2009 6:12:32 PM PST by NormsRevenge
HAVANA The ouster of Cuba's two most prominent younger leaders leaves more doubt than ever about who will guide the country once the Castro brothers and their gray-haired revolutionary contemporaries are gone.
President Raul Castro is 77. His hand-picked No. 2, Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, is a year his senior. And there are no obvious next-generation successors in the ranks of mostly obscure communist party officials, military officers and bureaucrats who were suddenly promoted this week in Cuba's largest leadership shake-up in decades.
"This is the old guard, most of them are very traditional hard-liners," said Uva de Aragon, associate director of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University in Miami. "It's disappointing in a sense that it doesn't give a lot of room to think about a generational transition."
A number of potential heirs-apparent have risen to Cuba's top ranks in the 50 years since Fidel and Raul Castro took power as youthful rebels, only to be cast aside, die or grow too old to be more than a stop-gap leader. ...
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Hugo awaits the call of the Cubans.
That country is going to be chaotic when the Castros and their buddies die off. It would be an improvement however, over what is there now.
I was thinking earlier today that if Cuba were to suddenly throw off the yoke of collectivism Cuba might suddenly present some very interesting opportunities.
Maybe Elián González would be a good pick.