Cuba Communist Party Considers Term Limits Request
Cuba's Communist Party announced that it is taking up Raul Castro's call to establish term limits for officials, including the president himself, as the country tries to promote younger leaders to take over from the graying revolutionaries who have been in charge since 1959.
The matter will be discussed in party meetings in the coming months and submitted for ratification at a National Conference on Jan. 28, according to an eight-page tabloid published Friday that lays out the agenda for the gathering.
The idea is to achieve a "gradual renewal in leadership," the document said, and "limit the discharge of fundamental political and government positions to a maximum of two consecutive periods of five years."
It did not say specifically which levels of government would be affected, but Castro proposed at a Party summit in April that even presidential terms be limited. Astonishing the world and the nation after 52 years with either him or his elder brother Fidel in charge, Castro spoke of the need for a "systematic rejuvenation."
Castro said then that he and Fidel had tried to promote young leaders but they hadn't worked out well - perhaps a reference to the 2009 firing of Cuba's photogenic foreign minister and vice president, who were later accused of lusting too obviously for power.