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Cuban President Raul Castro mentions possible retirement
Fox News ^ | February 22, 2013 | ap

Posted on 02/23/2013 7:32:26 AM PST by re_tail20

Cuban President Raul Castro has unexpectedly raised the possibility of leaving his post, saying Friday that he is old and has a right to retire. But he did not say when he might do so or if such a move was imminent.

The Cuban leader is scheduled to be named by parliament to a new five-year term on Sunday, and Castro urged reporters to listen to his speech that day.

"I am going to resign," Castro said at a joint appearance with visiting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

"I am going to be 82 years old," Castro added, a broad smile on his face. "I have the right to retire, don't you think?"

When reporters continued to shout questions about his plans for the next five years, Castro replied: "Why are you so incredulous?"

He said to listen carefully on Sunday.

"It will be an interesting speech," he said. "Pay attention."

Castro's tone was light and his comments came in informal remarks at a mausoleum dedicated to soldiers from the former Soviet Union who have died around the world.

The Cuban leader has spoken before of his desire to implement a two-term limit for all Cuban government positions, including the presidency. He has also alluded to the limited time he has left to overhaul the island's weak Marxist economy.

That has led many to speculate that this upcoming term would be his last, though term limits have never been codified into Cuban law.

Most Havana residents had not heard about Castro's comments, which had not been reported on Cuban television although footage from his appearance with Medvedev was shown. Many reacted with skepticism.

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1 posted on 02/23/2013 7:32:33 AM PST by re_tail20
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To: re_tail20

You know the world has gone to he!! when fascist dictators “retire”.


2 posted on 02/23/2013 7:38:52 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (It's time for Americans to stand up to the public servants! This is OUR country!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
I've worked since I was 14 and I tell ya' ... I couldn't wait to be 65.

It couldn't come fast enough ...

except ...

I was born Feb 29, 1948 ...

I won't be 65 until

2208 !!!

3 posted on 02/23/2013 7:46:19 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: knarf

LOL!


4 posted on 02/23/2013 7:49:04 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: knarf

LOL! I hate it when that happens.


5 posted on 02/23/2013 7:52:11 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (It's time for Americans to stand up to the public servants! This is OUR country!)
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To: knarf

At least you weren’t born on February 30th!


6 posted on 02/23/2013 7:52:18 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: re_tail20

Retiring? What’s he hiding? What kind is scandal is he involved in? Is he covering up something?

Oh sorry .... those media inquiries only come up with the pope’s retirement. My bad.


7 posted on 02/23/2013 8:11:45 AM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: re_tail20

how do you retire from being a dictator?


8 posted on 02/23/2013 8:18:41 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: knarf

I hate to cast a pall on your anticipated celebration, but you did your math wrong. You won’t be 65 until 2216.

Years 2100 and 2200 are divisible by 4, but are not leap years.


9 posted on 02/23/2013 8:20:17 AM PST by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: yldstrk
how do you retire from being a dictator?

The Romanians did it the right way.

10 posted on 02/23/2013 8:26:34 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: COBOL2Java

The retirement of a dictator usually occasions fireworks!!!


11 posted on 02/23/2013 9:00:27 AM PST by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: hoosierham

Marco Rubio could get his executive experience down there.


12 posted on 02/23/2013 9:09:04 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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To: re_tail20

Danny Glover, Sean Penn and Michael Moore are very sad about this news.


13 posted on 02/23/2013 9:15:12 AM PST by bushbuddy
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To: knarf
There is a character in Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance who was apprenticed to a pirate until his 21st birthday. Unfortunately for him, his birthday was February 29.
14 posted on 02/23/2013 9:32:11 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: re_tail20

Wonder if the Mafia will hold an emergency back in business meeting?.


15 posted on 02/23/2013 1:51:15 PM PST by Vaduz
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