Rob Sequin | Publisher Havana Journal
Of course no one really knows how or when (or even if) Fidel Castro will ever retire but here’s my thoughts on how Fidel Castro might retire and cede the Presidency of Cuba. Fidel Castro will not be the President of Cuba forever, obviously that is biologically impossible. Someday, someone else will be the President of Cuba and this article is my thoughts about what could happen between now and then.
President Castro can announce that a special Presidential election will be held on January 1, 2009 and that his name will not be on the ballot. That date is FIFTY years after “La Revolucion” and FIFTY years of Fidel Castro being President of Cuba. That certainly gives him the right to claim victory over the United States Embargo, the Cuban exiles, the failed USSR communism and anything else he chooses.
He can announce this special election on January 1, 2007. That will be a few months after the 2006 mid-term elections in the United States. He will then know the players in the new Congress by that date and would be able to get a sense of the newly elected and established friends and foes.
I think he can make this announcement of the 2009 Presidential election in Cuba with confidence and ensure a smooth transition for the future of Cuba. He can start with (sorry but my Spanish is not perfect) “Soy viejo pero La Revolución es joven” (I am old but the Revolution is young) and go from there ... for five hours
This plan for elections in Cuba is how Fidel Castro can leave the future of “La Revolucion” to a stable Cuba.
President Castro might hand pick the candidates but at least its a start and with the Cuban Presidential election all over the US news, the old Cuban exiles in Miami won’t be able to force their wishes on the Bush Administration and the media. The two year period between the announcement and the election will keep Cuba and Fidel Castro in the international headlines. He will have all the media attention he wants so he can say everything he ever wanted to say in favor of socialism/communism and against the US, democracy etc. This will also give him, the new Presidential candidates, the people of Cuba, the infrastructure of Cuba and the politicians in the United States time to prepare for the transition of Cuba.
Also, the January 1, 2009 date will be a few months after the 2008 US Presidential election. You can bet that Fidel Castro and the future of Cuba will CERTAINLY become a huge campaign issue in the 2008 election.
I welcome your comments to my thoughts on the future of Fidel Castro’s career and the future of Cuba.