The Oasis Reporters
April 19, 2018
Age has done the Castro dynasty in. After a 60 year reign as rulers of Cuba, Commandante Raul Castro nominates his right-hand man, Miguel Díaz-Canel, as the sole candidate to succeed him, thus ending the family’s long rule.
Raul Castro took over the presidency from his ailing brother Fidel in 2006. Despite handing over, he’ll still remain largely influential in the government, but only from the shadow as head of the Communist Party until its next congress in 2021
The presidency has passed on to Mr Díaz-Canel, following the endorsement by the National Assembly in Havana.
The cry in the largely young population shows a growing impatience for change in a country facing economic difficulties, more so as the US president Donald Trump has rolled back some of the ease the former President Barack Obama put in place to open Cuba up for economic stimulation.
Díaz-Canel has had a relatively low profile as vice-president of Cuba’s Council of State in 2013 but quickly became Raul Castro’s key ally.
Those who know Miguel Díaz-Canel acknowledge that he is more approachable than the Castro brothers.
For the past five years, he has been groomed for the presidency and the handover of power. He is 58 years old, born in April 1960, a little over a year after Fidel Castro became the island state’s Prime Minister and the young looking Miguel comes with a long political career which he began in his early 20s as a member of the Young Communist League in Santa Clara.
He studied electrical engineering and while teaching engineering at the local university, he worked his way up the ranks of the Young Communist League, becoming its second secretary at the age of 33.