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Miguel Díaz-Canel to succeed Raúl Castro as President of Cuba

Prime News, International, Politics, Havana (Cuba), April 20:- Miguel Díaz-Canel will succeed Raúl Castro as the Cuban Communist Party’s first secretary, the most powerful position on the island. He is the first person without the surname Castro to run Cuba since the 1959 revolution. Díaz-Canel is seen as loyal to the Castros and their economic model.

On Friday, Raúl Castro announced that he would step down from the key position of the party and hand over the leadership to a younger generation. At 60, Díaz-Canel is almost 30 years younger than his predecessor and will now hold Cuba’s two most important positions, head of the party and president of the state.

Eighty-nine-year-old Castro had been in the post since 2011, when he took over from his older brother, Fidel Castro. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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