Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel wins a second term

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel

© APA | Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel

# 20 April 2023 02:12 (UTC +04:00)

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel was given a second five year term by the country’s National Assembly on Wednesday, despite the severe economic conditions currently faced by the communist-run island, APA reports citing CNN.

Diaz-Canel’s reelection by the 470 member Assembly was widely expected.

He replaced Raul Castro as president in 2013 and as First Secretary of the Cuban communist party in 2018. He is the first person born after the 1959 revolution and not named Castro to hold both of those powerful titles.

While officially retired, Raul Castro still retains a seat in the National Assembly and the title of Army General. He is considered to wield great influence on affairs of state from behind the scenes.

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