Canada’s National Post has an article today trumpeting Cuba’s upcoming elections (take that as you will) as a possible “harbinger of Cuba’s future”.
The National Post’s reasoning is based on the “transition” from fidel to raul or others already firmly entrenched in the upper echelon of the regime:
As the Cuban leader ponders the island’s future without him, Raul has called for more open debates on the country’s problems, fueling speculation of possible political and economic reforms.
That, in turn, has people predicting Fidel may seek to retire and let Raul continue to rule as a full-time president or both Castros might step aside, allowing new younger Cuban leaders, like Carlos Lage, who already functions as Prime Minister, or Ricardo Alarcon, the National Assembly speaker, to replace them.
Would that really be change? If so, what will the elections do to bring that about? Unfortunately, we know the answers, but perhaps someone can enlighten me if I’m missing something.