After six decades of Castro rule, Cuba's Communist Party officially has a new leader Cuba has officially transferred power from the Castro clan, in charge for six decades, to the communist country's first civilian leader, Miguel Diaz-Canel. Raul Castro set to hand over reigns of Cuba’s Communist PartyRaul Castro confirmed he was handing over the leadership of the all-powerful Cuban Communist Party to a younger generation at its congress that kicked off on Friday, ending six decades of rule by himself and older brother Fidel. As Cuba turns page on Castro era, economic reform gains urgencyCuba is now confronting new and dire economic challenges along with historic ones. End of an era: Raul Castro resigns as Cuba’s Communist chiefCastro’s retirement means that for the first time in more than six decades Cubans won’t have a Castro formally guiding their affairs. Raul Castro confirms he's resigning, ending long era in CubaThe resignation marks the end of the Castro brothers' leadership that began with the 1959 revolution. Castro era in Cuba to end as Raul confirms he's retiringRaul Castro confirmed he was handing over the leadership of the all-powerful Cuban Communist Party to a younger generation at its congress that kicked off on Friday, ending six decades of rule by himself and older brother Fidel. Raul Castro resigns, ending era of family communist rule in CubaHAVANA — Raul Castro said Friday he is resigning as head of Cuba’s Communist Party, ending an era of formal leadership by he and his brother Fidel Castro that began with the 1959 revolution. The 89… Raul Castro steps down as Cuban Communist Party leaderHis resignation ends his family's six-decade hold on power in Cuba.