Cuba’s Young Guns: 80 is the new 40 — Part 2
Listening to the media and the "Cuba Experts," you learn that Cuba is undergoing monumental and transformational reforms brought about by an injection of youthful and vibrant octogenarian blood. Leading this band of Cuban Young Guns is the verduous Raul Castro, who will join the ranks of his fellow boyish octogenarian compatriots when he celebrates his 80th birthday next week on June 3rd.
This revolutionary band of geriatric adolescents, brimming with endless energy and fresh new ideas, certainly prove the axiom that 80 is the new 40!
Younger Castro brother turns 80 in aging regime
HAVANA - Cuban President Raul Castro is set to join elder sibling Fidel in the ranks of octogenarians this week, even as he spearheads efforts to rejuvenate the Communist-run island's tired economy.
The big day comes Friday, June 3, and it is likely to pass with little fanfare. Raul and Fidel - who turns 85 on Aug. 13 - have historically eschewed public celebrations of their birthdays, and the government told The Associated Press it had no word of any official events to mark the day.
But the milestone is sure to remind supporters and detractors alike that the era of the Castros is nearing its end, biologically if not politically. Raul is already a month older than Fidel was when a near-fatal illness forced him to step down - temporarily, then permanently - in 2006. In April, Fidel gave up his final post as head of the Communist Party.