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Cuban president Raul Castro quietly turns 83
Cuban president Raul Castro marks 83rd birthday behind closed doors, without fanfare
Associated Press
2014-06-03 11:01 PM

HAVANA (AP) -- Cuban President Raul Castro is marking his 83rd birthday privately, a milestone that is passing without fanfare but serves as a reminder that his generation's time in power is limited.

Castro has said he intends to remain in office no longer than his current term, which ends in 2018.

Castro took office provisionally in 2006 when his older brother Fidel was stricken with a life-threatening illness. He assumed the full presidency two years later.

Official media made no mention of Raul Castro's birthday Tuesday.

Fidel Castro is 87, retired and rarely appears in public.

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