The sixty-year rule by the Castro’s in Cuba has ended after the country swore in Miguel Diaz-Canel to replace Raul Castro.
BREAKING: Raul Castro has left Cuba's presidency, turning government over to Miguel Diaz-Canel.
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 19, 2018
According to Reuters, Communist Party stalwart Diaz-Canel was voted in by 603 of the 604 lawmakers in the country’s National Assembly.
The 57-year-old is seen as a Communist Party loyal who, for the past thirty years, has worked his way up through the ranks, reports Reuters.
According to the Associated Press, President Miguel Diaz-Canel made his first official speech as the new head of state “with a pledge to continue the socialist revolution led by his predecessors Fidel and Raul Castro.”
Eighty-six-year-old Raul Castro, who took over from his brother Fidel Castro in 2008, will remain in power as the head of the Communist Party until a congress in 2021.