Cuba selects first president after Castro brothers

The Cuban National Assembly has picked Raúl Castro’s right-hand man, Miguel Díaz-Canel, as the sole candidate to succeed him as the President of Cuba, ending the family’s long rule.

British public broadcaster BBC reports that Raúl Castro took over as president from his ailing brother Fidel in 2006, who died aged 90 in 2016.

The Cuban National Assembly has voted on the nomination on Wednesday, April 18, but the result will not be announced until Thursday, April 19, when Raúl Castro is expected to formally pass the presidency to Díaz-Canel, who is the Vice-President of Cuba’s Council of State.

BBC asserted that the next Cuban President would take over a country in economic stagnation and with a young population seeking change, also the thaw in relations with Cuba’s influential neighbour the U.S. which began under U.S. President Barack Obama has been partially turned back under current administration of Donald Trump.

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