The president of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, announced this Monday that it will continue to consult with Raul castro the “strategic decisions for the future of the nation”, after replacing the 89-year-old general as first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC).
Diaz-Canel affirmed this in the closing session of the VIII Congress of the PCC, as published by the single party on its Twitter account, waiting for the full content of his speech to be revealed, since the conclave is held behind closed doors and without access to the foreign press.
The Congress ends today after four days of sessions in which Castro, before bequeathing the leadership of the formation to Diaz-Canel, He assured that “as long as he lives” he will continue to be ready to “defend the homeland, the Revolution and socialism.”
The words of Diaz-Canel suggest that although he will no longer hold nominal positions, Fidel Castro’s younger brother will continue to retain his influence after the generational handover consummated in the conclave, an orderly succession that he himself advocated with the premise of guaranteeing the continuity of the single-party socialist system and economy. centralized.
The declaration of intentions of Diaz-Canel is similar to the one carried out in April 2018, when it replaced Raul castro in the presidency of the country and assured that the octogenarian leader would lead “the decisions of greatest importance for the present and future of the nation.”
The PCC also announced that the president and new first secretary of the formation maintained in his closing speech that “the most revolutionary thing within the Revolution is to always defend the Party, in the same way that the Party must be the greatest defender of the Revolution. ”.
Along with Castro, other historical leaders have left the all-powerful Political Bureau of the PCC, such as the current number two of the formation, José Ramón Machado-Ventura (90), and Commander Ramiro Valdés (88), in addition to Marino Murillo, considered the “tsar ”Of the economic reforms started a decade ago.
Among the new members of the most powerful body of the PCC and therefore of Cuba are the country’s prime minister, Manuel Marrero, and Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Callejas, Raúl Castro’s ex-minister and head of the Cuban military-owned conglomerate GAESA that controls the assets. most valuable economic in the country.
In total, the new body is made up of 14 leaders, three less than the previous composition.
The VIII Congress of the PCC concludes today, on the same date as the 60th anniversary of “Victoria de Playa Girón”, as the failed anti-Castro invasion of the Bay of Pigs (1961) is called in Cuba.
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