Caribbean News – Cuba Has A New President

Former Cuban President Raul Castro raises the arm of newly elected Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel during the National Assembly at Convention Palace on April 19, 2018 in Havana, Cuba Diaz-Canel will be the first non-Castro Cuban president since 1976. Raul Castro steps down after 12 years in power. (AFP Adalberto Roque/Pool/Getty Images)
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News Americas, HAVANA, Cuba, Fri. April 20, 2018: The Castro Presidency is over in Cuba.

The island’s new President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, took the helm of the Caribbean nation yesterday, April 19, 2018.

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Cuba’s National Candidature Commission on Wednesday nominated the former First Vice President of the Council of State to succeed Raul Castro as president on the first day of the two-day session of the 9th Legislature of the National Assembly of People’s Power.

Diaz-Canel, 57, an electronics engineer, is member of the Politburo of the ruling Communist Party of Cuba (CPC) and held the chair of first secretary of the PCC in the provinces of Villa Clara and Holguin.

Raul Castro will stay on as head of the CPC.

Diaz-Canel has two children with his first wife Martha, and he currently resides with his second wife Lis Cuesta. He is a graduate of the Central University of Las Villas.

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