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    Miguel Díaz-Canel, new Cuban president

    Some basic background information, pulled from Wikipedia:

    • Born 1960 (58 years old)
    • 1982: Graduated Central University of Las Villas as an electronics engineer
    • 1982: Joined the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces
    • 1985: Began teaching at Central University of Las Villas
    • 1993: Joined the Cuban Communist Party
    • 2003: Member of the Cuban Politburo
    • 2009: Made Minister of Education
    • 2012: Vice President of the Council of Ministers (deputy prime minister)
    • 2013: First Vice President of Cuba
    • 2018, April 19: President of Cuba

    Full article:
    Miguel Diaz-Canel named Cuba's new president

    Miguel Díaz-Canel was officially named as the new leader of Cuba on Thursday, one day after a secret vote in the country's National Assembly.

    It's the first time in nearly six decades that Cuba is being led by a man not named Castro.

    Díaz-Canel, 57, was selected by a vote of 603-1 as the unopposed candidate to replace Raul Castro, 86. Castro embraced Díaz-Canel -- who wasn't yet born when Fidel Castro led his revolution in 1959 -- during Wednesday's session, all but sealing his status as the island's next president.

    Díaz-Canel becomes president of the Cuban Council of State and Council of Ministers. The other members of the Council of State also were named Thursday. The makeup of the Council of Ministers will be decided at the next National Assembly, Díaz-Canel said, most likely later this year.

    Despite his new title, Díaz-Canel emphasized the continuing leadership role that Raul Castro will play for the country.

    "Raul Castro, as first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, will lead the decisions of greatest transcendence for the present and the future of this country," Díaz-Canel said in a speech to the Cuban National Assembly in Havana on Thursday.

    Castro will also still be a member of the National Assembly and, even if he is no longer president, remains the most powerful public figure on the island.

    Still, Castro made clear Díaz-Canel will ultimately succeed him as head of the Communist Party when he steps down form that post in 2021.

    "He will stay on as first secretary," Castro said, "to keep the road open."

    Rather than split up power between other top officials, Castro said control of the state would eventually be consolidated in Díaz-Canel -- as it was in the Castros -- at least for a while.
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