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Miguel Diaz-Canel selected as next president of Cuba

HAVANA - The Cuban government on Wednesday selected 57-year-old First Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as the sole candidate to succeed President Raul Castro in a transition aimed at ensuring that the country's single-party system outlasts the aging revolutionaries who created it.

 

The certain approval of Diaz-Canel by members of the unfailingly unanimous National Assembly will install someone from outside the Castro
family in the country's highest government office for the first time in nearly six decades.

 

The 86-year-old Castro will remain head of the Communist Party, designated by the constitution as "the superior guiding force of society and the state." As a result, Castro will remain the most powerful person in Cuba for the time being. His departure from the presidency is nonetheless a symbolically charged moment for a country accustomed to 60 years of absolute rule first by revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and, for the last decade, his younger brother.

 


First published: 04.19.18, 08:55