The resignation and then the death of Fidel Castro – democracy postponed

When I heard of the death of Fidel Castro, I was reminded of my visit to Cuba eight years ago in 2008. Coincidentally, just two weeks before my holiday on the island, Fidel announced his resignation as president and passed the baton to his brother Raul.

All the time I was in Cuba, I was expecting announcements of significant change – a freer economy and moves towards a more genuine democracy. It did not happen and even now the reforms have proved very slow and disappointingly limited.

You can read my experience of the visit to Cuba here.


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