Cuba is a country of incredible beauty, and incredible poverty. This start contrast directly depicts the Fidel Castro rule. Some may say he was an antiquated communist whilst others hold him dear to their hearts and applaud him for his steadfast political stance. Who will the next successor to the infamous, controversial Fidel Castro as presidentbe? Castro vehemently known as a champion of socialism and anti-imperialism has left behind him a legacy, both positive and negative. Handing over the reins to his brother Raul Castro in 2007, saw a shift in Cuba’s political landscape.
Raul Castro’s prudent attempts to “de-Fidelize” Cuba over the last few years, has seen a once known one-party system undergo a major political and social change. According to analysts they “foresee a struggle between hardline and more progressive members of the regime.”
What awaits the Cuban society? Will the passing of Fidel Castro open more doors for change and progression? Will Raul continue to lead Cuba pragmatically into new “territory”, and subsequently hand over the proverbial presidential reins to Miguel Diaz-Canal, currently duly appointed as his 2nd in command at the next Communist Party Congress in 2018. Or will there be an opportunity for an alternate political rival to emerge?