Cuba’s new president is the first non-Castro in 42 years

Cuba’s new President Miguel Diaz-Canel. Photo: AFP/STR

Cuba’s new President Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel grew up in the Cuban revolution and it’s clear his mission is to make sure it survives.

In his first speech as president Thursday, Díaz-Canel emphasized continuity with the past and an important and ongoing political role for retiring Cuban president Raúl Castro, 86, who will remain at the helm of the Communist Party of Cuba.

“The mandate given by the people to this legislature is the continuity of the revolution,” said Díaz-Canel, who turns 58 on Friday. “The revolution continues and will continue to be alive.” The new president said he shared the conviction of all Cubans to be faithful to the legacy of the late Fidel Castro and the example of his brother Raúl.

A sustained standing ovation greeted Díaz-Canel and Castro as they entered Havana’s Convention Palace together just before Díaz-Canel was confirmed by the National Assembly of People’s Power as the new president.

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10 Comments

  1. Self
    April 21, 2018

    Cuba and Dominica will continue to regress for lack of change.

  2. April 20, 2018

    As head of the Communist Party, Old Raúl still runs things. This change is snooze, not news.

  3. prophet for a profit
    April 20, 2018

    Viva Cuba! Beautiful country beautiful people.

  4. Busta Rymes
    April 20, 2018

    VIVA CUBA Y LA REVOLUCION!

  5. kubulol
    April 20, 2018

    Alas ! same thing for the people ; no change
    Leftist dictators one after the other ;
    as everybody knows, he was appointed by Castro ;
    people didn’t vote for him ; no free elections in Cuba !

    • prophet for a profit
      April 20, 2018

      Have you ever been to Cuba? the people in Cuba are happier than we are in Dominica. I was there recently and i felt much safer there than in Dominica. Their currency is as strong as the US dollar and the people are as industrious as they are proud of their heritage. Do not let propaganda fool you buddy. There is cable tv, entertainment amass and wifi for only one dollar.

      • April 20, 2018

        “Their currency is as strong as the US dollar”

        Come on, at least keep your propaganda realistic.

      • prophet for a profit
        April 23, 2018

        In Cuba, 1 CUC is worth more than 1 US Dollar. IN Cuba.

      • We love our country
        May 16, 2018

        You must stop that, don’t try and deceive or miss lead the people.

        We both know all is not well in Cuba!

      • We love our country
        May 16, 2018

        CUC is only recognized in Cuba and nowhere else, the official Cuban currency is “Peso” which about 20 pesos to 1 USD.

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