A week ago, while looking at the “Castro hints at retirement” news, I said, “Don’t count on that anytime soon.”
Yesterday this popped up in the news,
Raul Castro Seeks Support for Fidel Bid
HAVANA (AP) – Raul Castro said Monday that Communist Party leaders support his brother Fidel’s re-election to parliament, saying he is exercising two hours daily and gaining weight while keeping his mind healthy with reading and writing.
A seat in parliament is the first step in a process that would allow Fidel to retain his post atop the Council of State, Cuba’s supreme governing body.
Communist Party leaders “defend him running again” Raul Castro said of his brother’s candidacy for re-election to the Cuba’s National Assembly, or parliament, on Jan. 20.
And this, Castro ‘well enough for election’
The “possible run” is discussed as if the Cuban public had any say in it:
Speaking of Cuba’s electoral system, Raul Castro noted that U.S. democracy pits two identical parties against one another, and joked that a choice between a Republican and Democrat is like choosing between himself and his brother Fidel.
“We could say in Cuba we have two parties: one led by Fidel and one led by Raul, what would be the difference?” he asked. “That’s the same thing that happens in the United States … both are the same. Fidel is a little taller than me, he has a beard and I don’t.”
Henry has the The Lemming Report on Media Metooishness (emphasis added):
Today we’ll be touching on the topic of fidel and his possible “run” for president in Cuba’s sham elections. Cuba is a communist state where only one political party is legal. There is virtually no division between the communist party and the Cuban government. As a result voters have a choice of exactly one candidate for each and every position they “vote” for. raul castro, tyrant Jr., even joked about this recently. The international news media never notes these facts when it produces a story about Cuba. To an uninformed observer Cuba is a functioning democracy.
Just chalk it up to more Associated Press Deficit Disorder: it fits the narrative.