The television quoted the 89-year-old politician as saying at a closed event. He said, he is content with handing over the leadership to a new generation that has gained decades of practice in the party and is “full of anti-imperialist passion and spirit.”
He also added that
As long as he is alive, he will be ready to defend his country, revolution and socialism.
In his speech, Castro condemned the growing hostility to the United States in recent years, but stressed that his country was ready for dialogue on the basis of mutual respect. However, it does not compromise on its sovereignty and independence. He also expressed regret at the fact that Washington had tightened sanctions against Cuba despite the outbreak of the Coronavirus.
The Eighth Congress of the Cuban Communist Party lasts four days.
Reportedly, the head of state, Miguel Diaz-Canel, took over the party’s general secretary, with Castro retiring from politics.
The last time he served as president was from 2013-2018, but since 1959 he has co-led the country with his brother Fidel Castro. Fidel Castro died in 2016, but he handed over the presidency to his brother early in 2008.
Cover image source: MTI / Ariel Ley Royero