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Cuba swears in Miguel Diaz-Canel as president

Cuba has sworn in Miguel Diaz-Canel as president. Diaz-Canel becomes the country’s first leader in nearly 60 years who is not named Castro. A top Communist Party figure who has served as first vice president since 2013, Diaz-Canel assumed power from Raul Castro.

In his first speech as president, Diaz-Canel vowed to keep the country not just on the path of the “revolution” started by his predecessors, but also on the road to economic reform.  Diaz-Canel, who turns 58 on Friday, will remain under the watchful eye of Castro. Castro also confirmed that he will continue to serve as the head of Cuba’s all-powerful Communist Party until its next congress in 2021.

The former engineer was voted in by the National Assembly on Wednesday, and the result was formalized on Thursday. He has since received congratulations from the leaders of China, Russia, Britain, Spain and across Latin America, including from Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, a close ally of Cuba.

 

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