DW News reports that Raul Castro has announced his resignation as head of Cuba’s ruling Communist Party, putting an end to six decades rule in the country by members of the Castro family.

Raul, who took over as president from his brother, Fidel, in 2008, said he is passing leadership to a new generation.

It has been six decades since Fidel Castro came to power, following the Cuban revolution of the 1950s. Raul took over after Fidel fell ill in 2006.

The country’s top position will be now filled by Miguel Diaz canel who has served as Cuba’s president for the past three years. He is a party loyalist who has advocated reform of the ailing economy without altering Cuba’s one party system.

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