Miguel Díaz-Canel, proposed as president of Cuba to replace Raúl Castro

The current first vice president of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, 57, was proposed today before the National Assembly of the island’s Popular Power to occupy the country’s presidency in place of Raúl Castro, 86, who leaves office after two terms.+

Díaz-Canel heads the proposal of the National Candidacy Commission (CCN) for the conformation of the highest governing body in the country, the State Council, a candidacy that will now be put to the vote of the newly constituted Assembly, although the result is not will make public until tomorrow Thursday.

As the first vice president of the Council of State, the CCN proposed veteran leader Salvador Valdés Mesa, almost 73 years old, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC, the only legal one) and which until now occupied one of the five vice presidencies of the organization .

If Valdés Mesa is ratified, it will be the first time that Cuba has a first black vice president, and he will be the man of that race that has reached a position of greater political rank in the Caribbean country.

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