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Skepticism and a shrug: Cubans greet the end of 62 years of Castro rule

People in Havana more concerned about buying chicken suspect little will change with Raúl’s departure

News travels swiftly through Havana, bumping against people so they turn, then rolling on. Cubans have a phrase for it: la bola en la calle, the ball in the street.

Raúl Castro’s announcement on Friday that he is to retire and bring 62 years of Castro rule on the island to a close caused barely a ripple, even if it sent waves around the world.

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