Cuba extends national assembly's mandate, delays political transition

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 21, 2017 11:02 AM

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's parliament on Thursday approved a proposal to extend its legislative period to April from February, state-run daily Juventud Rebelde wrote on Thursday, likely delaying the transition from Raul Castro to a new president.

The paper said the delay was due to the havoc wrought by Hurricane Irma, which tore across the island in September, lifting up roofs, uprooting trees and flooding low-lying coastal areas.

Cuba had already delayed municipal elections originally planned for October by a month.

(Reporting by Nelson Acosta; Writing by Sarah MarshEditing by Chizu Nomiyama)