Cuba: Issues for the 111th Congress

21 11 2009

URL: http://opencrs.com/document/R40193/. Source: Library of Congress.

Cuba remains a hard-line communist state with a poor record on human rights. The country’s political succession from the long-ruling Fidel Castro to his brother Raúl was characterized by a remarkable degree of stability. Fidel stepped down from power temporarily in July 2006 because of health reasons, and Raúl assumed provisional control of the government until February 2008, when he officially became President. After Raúl Castro officially assumed the presidency, his government announced a series of economic changes that included lifting restrictions on the sale of some electronic consumer products and cell phones.

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