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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Cuba Chooses a New President
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
At age-86, Raul Castro is stepping down as Cuba's leader, serving as its president since February 2008.
Meeting on Wednesday, Cuba's National Assembly reportedly is poised to choose Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as Castro's successor – an official announcement not expected until Thursday.
Diaz-Canel was the only name proposed to assume the nation's top post as State Council chairman (president of the state).
National Assembly President since 2013, Esteban Lazo Hernandez will continue as parliament speaker.
Diaz-Canel will be age-58 on April 20. Since 2013, he served as First Vice President of the Council of State and Council of Ministers, Cuba's top position after its leadership.
He's been a Communist Party of Cuba Politburo member since 2003, from 2009 – 2013 serving as Minister of Higher Education.
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