Cuba: President Díaz-Canel takes over from Raúl Castro as head of Communist Party

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Díaz-Canel, the island’s president for three years, was elected to succeed Castro, who had already confirmed his intention to leave his post at the head of the PCC during the opening of the 8th Congress of the political organization, which culminated this Monday in Havana.

by April 20, 2021in CubaPolitics in Cuba

Díaz-Canel and Raúl Castro

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel replaced former President Raúl Castro as First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), according to official media.

Díaz-Canel, the island’s president for three years, was elected to succeed Castro, who had already confirmed his intention to leave his post at the head of the PCC during the opening of the 8th Congress of the political organization, which culminated this Monday in Havana.

The election of the current president was announced at the opening of the congress’ last day, at which time the new Central Committee, the Political Bureau and the party’s Secretariat were also announced, Cubadebate website reported.

According to this publication, the Political Bureau is headed by Díaz-Canel and also made up of Esteban Lazo Hernández, who chairs the National Assembly and the Council of State; Vice President Salvador Valdés Mesa; Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz; Deputy Prime Minister Roberto Morales Ojeda; the newly appointed Minister of the Armed Forces, General of the Army Corps Álvaro López Miera; and the Minister of the Interior, Division General Lázaro Álvarez Casas.

In addition, it is also made up of Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla; Ulises Guilarte de Nacimiento, head of the Central Organization of Cuban Trade Unions (CTC); Teresa Amarelle Boué, head of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC); Dr. Martha Ayala Ávila, General Director of the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB); José Amado Ricardo Guerra, Secretary of the Council of Ministers; Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Callejas, executive president of the powerful Business Administration Group (GAESA); and Gladys Martínez Verdecia, first secretary of the PCC in the province of Artemisa.

Along with Raúl Castro, 89, other historical leaders also left the leadership of the PCC, such as the until now number two of the organization, José Ramón Machado Ventura (90), and Commander Ramiro Valdés (88), in addition to Marino Murillo, face of the economic reforms started a decade ago on the island.

The post of second secretary of the PCC, which until now was held by Machado Ventura, was not announced at the closing of the congress nor does it appear in the lists released by the Cuban state media—the only ones with access to coverage of the conclave—so apparently the post was eliminated from the party leadership…. https://bit.ly/2RSIh23

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