The May 1 rally draws hundreds of thousands of Cubans into Havana's Revolution Square in a sea of red, white and blue national flags and portraits of Fidel Castro.So it would be back to Communism as usual?
But he died in November and Raul Castro, after just over a decade in power, has said he will step aside in February 2018.
Raul Castro has been cautiously opening up Cuba's state-run economy and strengthening its foreign relations -- notably by re-establishing diplomatic ties with the United States.
But Monday's parade has the feel of the end of an era. It is not clear who will take Castro's place next year.
Most rumors suggest it will be Miguel Diaz-Canel, 56, vice-president of the State Council. Despite ministerial experience and party credentials, he is seen as lacking a support base in the military.
"There is very high uncertainty about 2018," said Pavel Vidal, a former official of Cuba's central bank and an academic at Colombia's Javeriana University.
"One could expect a process of continuity" of Raul Castro's reforms, he added, "but not at the same speed."
Monday, May 01, 2017
Dead Dictator Day
The next to last Communists wonder what comes next?
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