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Cuba parliament gathers, will select president

4 years 3 months 3 days ago February 24, 2013 Feb 24, 2013 Sunday, February 24 2013 February 24, 2013 9:46 AM in News
By: Associated Press

HAVANA - Cuba's parliament is reconvening with new membership and is expected to name Raul Castro to another five-year-term as president.

But all eyes are on whether younger politicians may be tapped for top leadership posts in a sign of who might emerge from the next generation of leadership as a possible successor.

Castro himself fueled speculation on Friday when he talked of possible retirement and suggested he has plans to resign at some point. It was not clear whether the 81-year-old leader was joking.

The 612 members of parliament will be sworn in on Sunday.

They will then pick a new National Assembly president for the first time in 20 years, as longtime parliament chief Ricardo Alarcon was not on the ballot this year.

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