Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro stole the show at the five-yearly Communist party Congress in Havana as he made a rare appearance along side his brother.
Current party chief 84-year-old Raul who was re-elected for a second term said this year’s Congress would be the last led by the current group of revolutionary leaders.
Fidel imparted his own message: “This could possibly be one of the last times that I speak from this room. I have voted for all of the candidates who have been submitted by Congress and I am thankful for the invitation and the honour of you all listening to me. I congratulate everyone but firstly, comrade Raul Castro for his magnificent efforts,” he said.
This could possibly be one of the last times that I speak from this room.
Raul went on to propose age limits on top officials – his number two is 85, and to widen diversity by including women onto the powerful political bureau.
It seems Cuba’s modernisation is to mean more than just market reforms