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Cuba's Leadership Transition

By Diego Moya-Ocampos

President Raúl Castro's decision on 19 April to step down as president of the Council of State and Council of Ministers and hand over to First Vice-President Miguel Díaz-Canel marks a clear transition in leadership to a younger generation within the Cuban Communist Party (Partido Comunista de Cuba: PCC). Castro has been formally in power since 2008, succeeding his older brother Fidel, who had held power since 1959, and Díaz-Canel signals continuity and gradual economic reform but not democratic opening.

Teacher Strikes

Peruvian Teachers' Union Strikes Becoming More Disruptive

By Diego Moya-Ocampos and Gabriela Cibils

Relations between Pedro Pablo Kuczynski´s government and the opposition Fuerza Popular (FP) controlled Congress have been tense over the last year. This has slowed down various important government projects, including the USD525-million Chinchero´s Airport construction and a key reform for the Education sector. In particular, president Kuczynski’s cabinet has been undermined over continued threats of being censored.