Eighty-six-year-old Raul Castro will hand over power shortly afterward to the president-elect.
In this July 26, 2017, file photo, Cuba’s President Raul Castro gestures as he arrives for the ceremony marking the 64th anniversary of the July 26, 1953 rebel assault which former Cuban leader Fidel Castro led on the Moncada army barracks, Pinar del Rio. (Photo: Reuters/Alejandro Ernesto)
The vote pushed back the date of the general elections, which were initially to be held at the end of February, because of disruption caused by a hurricane in September.
The elections will now take place on April 19.
Castro, 86, will hand over power shortly afterward to the president-elect.