For nearly 60 years the Castro family ran the island of Cuba. But Thursday, Fidel Castro’s younger brother Raul stepped down. And Miguel Diaz-Canel, a man born after the 1959 revolution, was elected president by the National Assembly.
CGTN’s Michael Voss reports from Havana.
To discuss Cuba’s new leadership:
- Juan Jacomino is the head of the English language service of Radio Habana.
- Alana Tummino leads the Cuba Working Group at the Americas Society.
- Gloria La Riva is the coordinator of the Cuba and Venezuela Solidarity Committee.
- Mark Feierstein served as special assistant to U.S. President Barack Obama.
As citizens go to the polls in Latin America, CGTN takes an in-depth look at each country’s past and present – as well as the possible future these elections may impact.
Miguel Diaz-Canel succeeds Raul Castro as Cuba’s new president. The country’s National Assembly announced that Diaz-Canel won 99.83 percent affirmative vote. https://t.co/QtpR8SW6VR
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For the first time in more than 40 years, Cuba's president isn't a Castro pic.twitter.com/0pYG1HmIOP
— VICE News (@vicenews) April 19, 2018