How Much Change Will Cuba's New President Bring?

How Much Change Will Cuba's New President Bring?

The virtually certain unanimous approval of the National Assembly will install someone from outside the Castro family in the country's highest government office for the first time in almost six decades.

President Castro, who officially took over from his brother, Fidel, in 2008, is not giving up power entirely.

The new president and state council are due to be sworn in on Thursday but their names could be clear as soon as Wednesday if the list of candidates is made public.

The National Assembly was due to vote later in the day on the proposal to replace him with Diaz-Canel, a 57-year-old engineer who is now first vice president. The assembly will vote to ratify them on Wednesday, party newspaper Granma said.

The next president should "increase the speed of change in Cuba while preserving the good things", said blogger Harold Cardenas, 32, adding that resistance from within the party to Raul Castro's economic reforms had held the country back.

"Raul will remain until 2021 as Secretary General of the [communist] party", said Dr. Jaime Suchlicki with the Cuban Studies Institute. He is unlikely to challenge one-party rule.

Castro's departure will signal the end of decades of upfront leadership by the Castro brothers.


However, despite striving for a low-key transition, there's no getting away from the fact that this represents a monumental change in Cuba.

An uninspiring speaker that is regarded on the island, and in Miami, as a figurehead but being sold to the Cuban population as a younger, new generation leader. The white-haired, generally unsmiling Diaz-Canel had been seen at greatest length in a leaked video of a Communist Party meeting where he somberly pledged to shutter some independent media and labeled some European embassies as outposts of foreign subversion.

Diaz-Canel is likely to be cautious at first, seeking to consolidate support among conservatives despite desire among young Cubans for faster development. As a result, Castro is nearly certain to remain the most powerful person in Cuba for the time being.

"I believe in continuity", Díaz-Canel told reporters recently when asked about his vision for Cuba's future.

The rubber-stamp assembly will vote on another 30 other members of Cuba's state council along with the replacement for Castro. "That's logical. But Raul is not leaving, Raul will always be with us, like Fidel".

Castro entered the National Assembly just after 9 a.m. accompanied by a broadly smiling Diaz-Canel.

Nominated as new first vice president is Salvador Valdes Mesa, a 72-year-old Afro-Cuban former union official who has held a long series of high posts in the Cuban government.

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