Raul Castro Biography
(President of the Council of State of Cuba)
Birthday: June 3, 1931 (Gemini)
Born In: Birán, Cuba
Raul Castro is the current President of Cuba and brother of the Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. Most of his life was spent under the shadow of his elder brother and he was always seen as the right hand of Fidel Castro. Raul played a very important role in the Cuban Revolution as well as in formation of the government of Cuba, after the revolution was over. He helped his brother plan and execute the socialist revolution, which overthrew the dictator Batista, in the 1950s. He is most famous for his role in Cuban military. He has been counted amongst Cuba’s top-ranking military officers since soon after the Revolution.. Later, as Fidel became the president of the country, it was Raul, who made sure that the administration was purged of men loyal to erstwhile president. From then, until Fidel became incapacitated due to illness, Raul occupied the number two position in the Council of State, the Council of Ministers, and the Communist Party of Cuba along with holding the post of Defense Minister of the country. He is a very pragmatic leader and a witty person. Soon after assuming power he undertook numerous reform measures and started working towards establishing relationship with other countries, especially the USA. It was due to his efforts that the USA reestablished its embassy in Havana after half a century of distrust.