For The First Time In Decades, A Castro Won't Lead Cuba

Raúl Castro leaves office this week after two terms as president of Cuba. Now, for the first time since the island’s communist revolution in 1959, Cuba will be run by someone other than a Castro.

After nearly 60 years in power, however, the Castro family is leaving an uncertain legacy.

Here & Now‘s Lisa Mullins speaks with Jorge Duany, head of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University in Miami for a look at Cuba after the Castros.

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