Miguel Diaz-Canel Becomes President of Cuba

Miguel Díaz-Canel will lead the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) as he was named first secretary, the most powerful role in the island, replacing Raul Castro after he announced his retirement last week.

Diaz-Canel, 61, said that Castro will still be consulted on the “most important” strategic decisions.

“Comrade Raul will be consulted on the most important strategic decisions of greatest weight for the destiny of our nation. He will always be present,” Diaz-Canal said of Castro, as he accepted the new position.

He will be the first person without the name Castro to run Cuba since the 1959 revolution.

“Diaz-Canel is not the fruit of improvisation but a thought-out selection of a young revolutionary with the conditions to be promoted to superior offices,” Castro said in his speech on Friday at the Communist Party Congress.

Diaz-Canel was born a year after the revolution, in Villa Clara, the province where Che Guevara broke the will of Fulgencio Batista’s troops, bringing about the revolution.

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