Tepid response in Miami over Castro retirement

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Associated Press

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 2:04 PM

MIAMI (AP) — Cuban-Americans in Miami are reacting with a collective shrug over the news that Raul Castro plans to retire within five years.

Many believe Castro's departure and the ascendance of Miguel Diaz-Canel won't bring change.

Exiles such as 74-year-old Alberto Faustino have been waiting years for the Castro brothers to leave or be forced out. Fidel Castro handed power to his brother after falling ill in 2006. Raul Castro said Sunday that his new presidential term would be his last.

Diaz-Canel has been tapped to be Raul Castro's top lieutenant and possible successor.

Faustino and other Cuban-Americans said the absence of free elections and continuation of rule by the Communist Party mean there will be little to celebrate when Castro is gone.

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