Cuban leader Raúl Castro turns 81 on Sunday, giving exiles and his countrymen times to reflect on the aging leadership that has ruled the island nation for over half a century.
But even with the actuarial inevitabilities looming, there is no indication that Cuba’s leadership is moving quickly to prepare any younger possible successors to assume the mantle of Marxism under which the island has been guided for more than a half-century.
Even Castro’s April 2011 proposal to impose term limits on everyone in government including himself has yet to be enacted. His retired older brother Fidel is 85. His two top deputies are 81 and 80.