Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Diaz-Canel nominated as Castro successor

Diaz-Canel nominated as Castro successor

At the two-day meeting, which began early on Wednesday, the 605-seat National Assembly is to vote in a new Council of State, which counts 31 members and whose head will automatically become president.

Wednesday's announcement confirms the long-held expectation that Diaz-Canel would take over from Castro in a transition meant to ensure that the country's single-party system outlasts the aging revolutionaries who created it.

Castro entered the National Assembly just after 9 a.m. accompanied by a broadly smiling Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel, the man expected to succeed him. She joined the assembly when she was 16.

Cuban state media reported Monday that the government moved up the start of a meeting of the National Assembly in which President Raul Castro plans to step down and hand over the office to a younger successor.

State media said the government would announce Castro's replacement on Thursday, installing someone from outside the Castro family in the country's highest government office for the first time in almost six decades.

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The accounts are using the hashtag "Somos Continuidad" or "We are continuity".

The new president and state council are due to be sworn in on Thursday. Few Cubans use Twitter and the vast majority of the country relies on TV for news.

Vietnam's Communist Party Secretary General Nguyen Phu Trong (L, front row) and Cuba's First Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel (R, front row) attend a wreath-laying ceremony at Revolution Square in Havana, Cuba March 29, 2018.

Wearing a dark suit in place of military fatigues, Castro sat near Diaz-Canel as an official read out the names of proposed leaders to the 604 legislators gathered at a convention centre in a Havana suburb.

While the assembly will promote younger leaders of government, Castro and other elders of the revolution will likely retain a degree of power on the Caribbean island as senior leaders of the Communist Party until a party congress set for 2021. He succeeded his brother Fidel, who headed Cuba from 1959 to 2006. Castro is leaving after serving two five-year terms.

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