Miguel Díaz-Canel

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Miguel Díaz-Canel
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19th President of Cuba
Assumed office
19 April 2018
Prime MinisterHimself (as President of the Council of Ministers)
Vice PresidentSalvador Valdés Mesa
Preceded byRaúl Castro
3rd First Vice President of Cuba
In office
24 February 2013 – 19 April 2018
PresidentRaúl Castro
Preceded byJosé Ramón Machado
Succeeded bySalvador Valdés Mesa
Member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Cuba
Assumed office
2003
First SecretaryFidel Castro
Raúl Castro
Minister of Higher Education
In office
8 May 2009 – 21 March 2012
PresidentRaúl Castro
Preceded byJuan Vela Valdés
Succeeded byRodolfo Alarcón Ortiz
Personal details
BornMiguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez
(1960-04-20) 20 April 1960 (age 58)
Placetas, Villa Clara, Cuba
Political partyCommunist Party of Cuba
Alma materMarta Abreu University of Las Villas

Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (born 20 April 1960) is a Cuban politician.[1] He is the 19th and current President of Cuba since 19 April 2018. He was the First Vice President of the Council of State and Council of Ministers from 2013 to 2018. He has been a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Cuba since 2003.

Díaz-Canel served as Minister of Higher Education from 2009 to 2012; he was promoted to the post of Vice President of the Council of Ministers (deputy Prime Minister) in 2012. A year later, on 24 February 2013, he was elected as First Vice President of the Council of State.[2]

Díaz-Canel was close with Raúl Castro and many knew when Castro retired, he would have been the likely successor when he retired in April 2018.[1][3] He was sworn-in as President a day before his 58th birthday.[4]

Has also allowed his country to have WIFI for the first time. This has changed society for the better as well as making him more popular.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Damien Cave, Raúl Castro Says His Current Term as President of Cuba Will Be His Last, The New York Times, 24 February 2013
  2. "Ratificado Raúl como presidente del Consejo de Estado y del Consejo de Ministros (+ Fotos)". Cubadebate.
  3. Gamez Torres, Nora (22 August 2017). "Video offers rare glimpse of hardline ideology from presumed next leader of Cuba". Miami Herald. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  4. Nicole Acevedo; Carmen Sesin (19 April 2018). "Miguel Díaz-Canel becomes Cuba's president, Raúl Castro steps down". NBC News.