Castro gives torch in Cuba

Miguel Diaz-Canel, the new president of Cuba. The parliament in Havana, chose Thursday, Diaz-Canel, vice-president, as the successor to Raul Castro. Now, after 60 years, an end to the leadership of the Castro’s on the island. But behind the scenes continues to Castro, the strong man.

That have Cuban state media message. A surprise appointment: he was the only candidate. The expectation is that Raul Castro certainly the first few years behind the scenes, the strings will continue to pull. Certainly until 2021, he wants to be chairman remain of the mighty communist party, which he certainly is watching over the shoulder of Diaz-Canel.

The 57-year-old Diaz-Canel belongs indeed to the post-revolutionary generation, but still, he is considered a man of the regime, a loyal communist who patiently climbed in the partijgeledingen. Radical changes are having the Party so don’t immediately expect. He remains committed to the Cuban revolution, even though he says at his inauguration that would like to ‘perfect’: what should change, he will change.

He gave immediately after his election that the international policy of his country will not change. He is more than willing to dialogue with those who us as equals and treat’, he said.

‘No emergency’

Diaz-Canel is entrenched in the communist party and gold for a long time as the right hand of Raul Castro. After his military service, made the electronic engineer career in the youth division of the communist party. He was partijchef for the province of Villa Clara and minister for higher education. ‘Comrade Diaz-Canel is not an upstart and not a stopgap, ” said Raul Castro about his chosen successor.


Diaz-Canel as the new president for the great challenges: the relationship with the United States, since the inauguration of Donald Trump clearly deteriorated, the economy is also because of the weakness of ally Venezuela finance gasping its last, and the social tensions are increasing.

Also within the party – state apparatus, the new president still to prove. In contrast to his predecessors, Fidel and Raul Castro, the rebel army in Cuba to the triumph led, he does not have the natural legitimacy of the historical generation of revolutionaries.

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