(CUBA) JUST IN: Ruling Communist Party has elected President Miguel Diaz-Canel to succeed Raul Castro as party first secretary, the most powerful position in the country after six-decades of rule #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.20: The succession marks the end of six decades of rule by brothers Fidel and Raul Castro, who led Cuba’s 1959 revolution:

Cuba’s Communist Party appoints Miguel Diaz-Canel as leader after decades of Castro rule: Mr Diaz-Canel, 60, who already succeeded Castro as President in 2018, had been widely expected to be nominated first party secretary.

Posted Yesterday at 5:37pm, updated Yesterday at 5:50pm

Castro and Diaz-Canel sitting in an audience together.
Miguel Diaz-Canel (left) was favoured to be Raul Castro’s successor.(AP: Ramon Espinosa, File)

He has emphasised continuity since becoming President and is not expected to move Cuba away from a one-party socialist system.

“Diaz-Canel is not the fruit of improvisation but of the thoughtful selection of a young revolutionary who has all that is required to be promoted to higher positions,” Raul Castro said in a speech opening the congress on Friday.

A 2011 photo of Fidel and Raul Castro
Fidel and Raul Castro ruled Cuba for 60 years combined.(AP: Javier Galeano)

Hundreds of delegates gathered for the party’s most important meeting, that takes place every five years to review policy and elect new leadership, in the capital Havana.

Mr Castro said at the last party congress in 2016 it would be the last presided over by the so-called historic generation of those who fought in the Sierra Maestra to overthrow the US-backed government of dictator Fulgencio Batista.

The new policy setting political bureau will not include Jose Ramon Machado Ventura and Ramiro Valdes, two other famous proponents of that generation.

The party has not yet announced who will replaced Machado Ventura, a communist ideologue, as deputy party leader.

Reuters

#AceNewsDesk report …….Published: Apr.20: 2021:

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