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Cuba after the Castros: A look at legacy and challenges ahead

The Cuban government on Wednesday selected 57-year-old First Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as the sole candidate to succeed Raul Castro. It is the first time in almost sixty years that a Castro will not be the president of Cuba.

Cuba after Castro

Castro brothers have run Cuba for nearly six decades and began life in a remote, rural part of the island known as Biran. (Source:AP)

Cuba after Castro

Both Fidel and Raul Castro turned to radical politics at a young age and burst into prominence in 1953 leading a failed attack in Santiago hoping to topple the dictatorship of Batista. On January 1, 1959, Batista fled and Fidel Castro became the unquestioned leader of Cuba, with his younger brother put in charge of the armed forces. (Source: AP)

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Cuba after Castro

Former Cuba President Fidel Castro’s nearly five-decade rule as Cuba's "Maximum Leader" was characterised by meandering, hours-long speeches, unquestioned decisions and micromanagement of government programs and policies.(Source: AP)

Cuba after Castro

Cuba's acting President Raul Castro sits next to the chair usually occupied by his older brother Fidel Castro, at a parliament year-end session in Havana, Cuba. A severe gastrointestinal illness in 2006 nearly killed the then President Fidel, forcing him to turn power over to his younger brother.(Source: AP)

Cuba after Castro

Raul Castro became acting president in 2006 when his brother Fidel Castro surprised the world and announced his retirement following emergency surgery. In 2008, the National Assembly formally elected Raul to the post. Three years later he was named leader of the Communist Party of Cuba. (Source: AP)

Cuba after Castro

Raul Castro's 12 years in office has seen dramatic changes in Americans' ability to travel to Cuba, with a dramatic opening under U.S. President Barack Obama, then a partial reduction under President Donald Trump. (Source: AP)

Cuba after Castro

In a file photo, the outgoing Cuban President Raul Castro, right, lifts up the arm of former US President Barack Obama, at the conclusion of their joint news conference at the Palace of the Revolution, in Havana, Cuba. Castro and Obama agreed to restore diplomatic relations in 2014, after five decades of hostility. Both nations opened embassies and began negotiations on a wide range of issues. (Source: AP)

Cuba after Castro

Raul Castro’s successor Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez will have to manage the delicate relationship with Cuba’s prosperous exiles at a time when relations with the US have dropped from an unprecedented high under President Barack Obama to a deep low under Trump. (Source: AP)

Cuba after Castro

Raul Castro is stepping down from Cuba's presidency, but he isn't giving up all his power. The 87-year-old former guerrilla remains head of Cuba's Communist Party, a position that leaves him with broad authority including much oversight of the man who is replacing him as president. (Source: AP)

Cuba after Castro

It is the first time in almost sixty years that a Castro will not be president of Cuba. (Source: AP)