Cuba Swears in New President


Source: AP

The sixty-year rule by the Castro’s in Cuba has ended after the country swore in Miguel Diaz-Canel to replace Raul Castro.

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.