Bureaucrat to become new Cuban leader

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April 18, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez

HAVANA (AP) — A 57-year-old bureaucrat will take Raul Castro’s place as the president of Cuba today as a government led by a single family for six decades tries to ensure the longterm survival of one of the world’s last communist states.

The National Assembly announced that Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez had been approved as the sole candidate for president.

The 86-year-old Castro will remain head of the Communist Party, which is designated by the constitution as “the superior guiding force of society and the state.” As a result, he will still be the most powerful person in Cuba for the time being.

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