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Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Incumbent
Assumed office
24 February 2008
Acting: 31 July 2006 – 24 February 2008
Prime Minister Himself (as President of the Council of Ministers)
Vice President José Ramón Machado (2008–2013)
Miguel Díaz-Canel (2013–present)
Preceded by Fidel Castro
First Secretary of the Communist Party
Incumbent
Assumed office
19 April 2011
Acting: 31 July 2006 – 19 April 2011
Deputy José Ramón Machado
Preceded by Fidel Castro
First Vice President of the Council of State and Ministers of Cuba
In office
2 December 1976 â€“ 24 February 2008
President Fidel Castro
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by José Ramón Machado
Second Secretary of the Communist Party
In office
3 October 1965 â€“ 19 April 2011
Leader Fidel Castro
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by José Ramón Machado
Minister of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces
In office
16 February 1959 â€“ 24 February 2008
Prime Minister Fidel Castro
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Julio Casas Regueiro
Secretary-General of the Non-Aligned Movement
In office
24 February 2008 â€“ 16 July 2009
Acting: 31 July 2006 – 24 February 2008
Preceded by Fidel Castro
Succeeded by Hosni Mubarak
Personal details
Born Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz
(1931-06-03) 3 June 1931 (age 85)
Birán, Cuba
Political party Popular Socialist Party (before 1953)
26th of July Movement (1953–65)
Communist Party (1965–present)
Spouse(s) Vilma Espín (m. 1959; d. 2007)
Children Deborah
Mariela
Nilsa
Alejandro
Alma mater None
Awards Hero of the Republic of Cuba[1]
Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise[2]
National Order of Mali[3]
Quetzal Medal[4]
Order Prince Daniel of Good Faith First Degree[5]
Military service
Allegiance  Cuba
Service/branch Revolutionary Armed Forces
Years of service 1953–59
Rank Comandante
Unit 26th of July Movement
Battles/wars Cuban Revolution

In Cuba, taking into account the long fight for our independence and sovereignty, we will defend the one-party system in the face of the games, demagogy and the marketing of politics.
Raul Castro
Only the Communist Party, as the institution that brings together the revolutionary vanguard and will always guarantee the unity of Cubans, can be the worthy heir of the trust deposited by the people in their leader.
Raul Castro
I was not chosen to be president to restore capitalism to Cuba. I was elected to defend, maintain and continue to perfect socialism, not destroy it.
Raul Castro
As a point of fact, I am not used to making frequent appearances in public, except at times when it is required.
Raul Castro
I never liked the idea of giving interviews. One says many things, but when they are published, they become shortened, condensed. The ideas lose their meaning.
Raul Castro
In Cuba we have one party, but in the U.S. there is very little difference. Both parties are an expression of the ruling class.
Raul Castro
The notion that Cuba is the only country in the world where you can live without working must be erased forever.
Raul Castro
I hope Mr. Obama has success.
Preventing a war is tantamount to winning a war.
No country is 100 percent free of human rights abuses.