Raul Castro set to Cuba leadership

July 14, 2006 at 4:01 PM

MIAMI, July 14 (UPI) -- Raul Castro -- the brother of Cuban leader Fidel Castro -- is being groomed to become the next leader of Cuba, The Miami Herald reported Friday.

Recent media reports out of Cuba suggest the 75-year-old Raul Castro, who is also Cuba's Defense minister, is shouldering more duties and is being prepared to succeed the 79-year-old Fidel Castro in the coming years, the newspaper said.

"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," said Raul Castro in a speech to the military given earlier this month.

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