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In Cuba, for the first time in 42 years, the president was chosen not from the Castro family. But Raoul remained in power

Miguel Diaz-Canel. Photo by Alejandro Ernesto, Reuters
Miguel Diaz-Canel. Photo by Alejandro Ernesto, Reuters

The National Assembly of Cuba elected a new head of the Council of State (corresponding to the office of President) – 57-year-old Miguel Díaz-Canel. The only candidate was supported by 99.83% of the deputies, according to the Cuban parliament’s Facebook page.

Diaz-Kanel will replace the 86-year-old Raul Castro as president of Cuba. Despite this, the last living leader of the Cuban revolution will remain the head of the Communist Party until 2021 – the Cuban constitution calls it “the highest governing force of society”. In fact, Castro remains the most influential Cuban politician.

Prior to Raul Castro, his elder brother Fidel occupied the post of President of Cuba. He was in this position since 1976 and resigned in February 2008. The reason for this decision then the 82-year-old president called the impossibility of completely giving himself up to the leadership of the state for physical reasons. Eight years later Fidel died .

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