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USAID Chief Who Promoted Cuban Democracy Resigns

United States Agency for International Development administrator Rajiv Shah announced his resignation Wednesday morning, Foreign Policy reports.

Shah told his staff of the decision Wednesday morning, but wouldn’t comment on future plans. Among other things, Shah used the post to promote democracy in Cuba by “launching a now-defunct social media site to encourage Cuban youths to revolt against the Castro regime, attempting to co-opt Cuba’s vibrant hip-hop scene and an HIV prevention workshop that served as a front to recruit political activists — all activities that many aid experts say compromised the global perception of USAID as a humanitarian arm of the U.S. government,” according to FP.

The announcement comes on the same day that President Obama announced that his administration is moving to normalize relations with Cuba.

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