HAVANA — The latest on Cuban President Raul Castro planning to remain in office longer than had been expected (all times local):

7:35 p.m.

Cuban President Raul Castro has confirmed that he will stay as head of the island’s government until April, which is two months longer than had been expected.

The National Assembly announced earlier Thursday that Cuba’s current leadership would stay in power until April rather than February as scheduled. The announcement signaled that Raul Castro would remain president but did not specifically say so.

The 86-year-old Castro previously announced that he planned to step down in February at the end of a months-long political cycle in which voters and government officials pick the members of local, provincial and national assemblies and the members of the powerful council of state.

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