Cuba might have a new president in 2018

US intelligence reports that Cuba is preparing for a “likely presidential transition in 2018,” said National Intelligence Director James Clapper.

“Cuban leaders will remain focused on preserving (country’s) political control as they prepare for a likely presidential transition in 2018,” says the annual report of the US intelligence community, presented today by Clapper to the Senate Armed Services Committee .

The report also anticipates that the Cuban authorities “will maintain at a slow pace the economic reforms aimed at reducing state control in the economy and in the promotion of private economic activity.”

US intelligence services attribute this in part to the “likely resistance of senior leaders and government officials concerned that rapid changes could lead to riots.”

The report predicts that living conditions throughout Cuba will remain “poor,” coupled with fears that the United States will repeal the Cuban adjustment law, which allows islanders to become permanent legal residents, “will keep the Growing migration of undocumented Cubans. “

Cuban President Raúl Castro began his second five-year term in February 2013, due to be completed in 2018 and is expected to be the latest in line with his intention to limit political office to a maximum of 10 years. This might lead to a new todo Cuba that could affect relations between the US and the island.

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