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As Fidel Castro steps down, a political shakeup in Cuba?

 Mexico City

Cubans could face an economic and political shakeup today, when details of reforms passed at the Sixth Party Congress are released at the close of the summit.

Delegates since Saturday have debated more than 300 proposals to overhaul the struggling economy. They're also set to approve new party leadership – posts that have been held by former president Fidel Castro and his younger brother President Raúl Castro since they were created.

The Congress was the first in 14 years, and it has underlined profound changes embraced by Raúl Castro, who officially took over Cuba’s presidency in 2008, after 49 years of continuous rule by Fidel Castro. At its start, Raúl Castro proposed term limits for leaders and emphasized the need to groom a younger generation to continue on the path of socialism.

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