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Cuba Marks End Of An Era As Castro Hands Over To Diaz-Canel

Collins Ndlovu:

After almost six decades of the Castro’s rule, Cuba has shifted away from the family rule as the parliament elects Miguel Diaz-Canel as the new leader.

Cuba marked the end of an era on Thursday as Miguel Diaz-Canel was formally elected as the country’s new president, succeeding Raul Castro and becoming the first non- Castro to lead the island for six decades.

The silver-haired Diaz-Canel a top Communist Party figure who has served as first vice president since 2013, is the island’s first leaders after the 1959 revolution.

Diaz-Canel was elected in a landmark vote of the National Assembly a day before his 58th birthday, the chamber erupted into applause as the results were read out, with many of the delegates smiling and shaking hands warmly with Castro and Diaz-Canel.

Some analysts argue that Diaz-Canel has the huge task of mending trade relation with the Western Countries as they have sanctioned the country since the time of Fidel Castro who have survived the embargos against the island.

The challenges that Diaz-Canel will encounter can also be hampered by his own Communist Party because of the ideological differences that Western countries subscribe to, this according to analysts will need deeper introspection from the party.

As Diaz-Canel walked to the front of the chamber, he high-fived the front line of delegates, embracing Castro as he took to the stage, images broadcast on state television showed.


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