Cuban President Raul Castro will step down in April 2018 straight after his successor is chosen by a top governing council, according to a vote in the state's National Assembly.

The vote pushed back the date of general elections, which were initially to be held at the end of February.

The delay was necessary due to disruption caused by Hurricane Irma, which ravaged much of Cuba in September.

It means that President Castro, 86, will stay on for a couple of months later than planned.

The modification to Cuba's election calendar means general elections choosing the National Assembly's 600 members will be moved to a date yet to be decided.

Cuba's president is not directly elected by the people, but by the Council of State, which is chosen by the National Assembly.

The election of the Council of State posts, including that of its president, who will also be the president of Cuba, replacing Mr Castro, was set for 19 April.

The National Assembly session deciding these changes was closed to international media.