Cuba’s Diaz-Canel rose gradually to No. 2 post

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Newly appointed Cuba's Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel participates in the closure session of the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2012. Raul Castro accepted a new five-year term that will be, he said, his last as Cuba's president and tapped rising star Diaz-Canel, 52, as vice-president and first in the line of succession. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)HAVANA (AP) — The man tapped as the likely heir-apparent to Raul Castro is largely unknown off the island, but his rise to the country's No. 2 job was anything but meteoric.