HAVANA – The leader of Cuba's legislature will apparently be leaving that job in February, when the body reconvenes with new membership.
Ricardo Alarcon is the longtime president of parliament and one of the most powerful people on the island.
His name does not appear on a list of candidates for the new legislature that was published Thursday. Under the constitution, the National Assembly president is chosen from its members.
Alarcon's departure comes on the heels of rumors this summer that his right-hand man had been arrested in a probe of alleged corruption, although there is no evidence that Alarcon himself has fallen out of favor.
Alarcon is 75 years old, and President Raul Castro frequently speaks of a need to promote younger leaders.