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Cuba Gets its First President From Outside Castro Family in Six Decades

World | News18 | April 19, 2018, 7:45 pm
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 A 57-year-old bureaucrat, Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez, replaced Raul Castro as the president of Cuba on April 19, 2018. (Image: AP)

A 57-year-old bureaucrat, Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez, replaced Raul Castro as the president of Cuba on April 19, 2018. (Image: AP)

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 Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez is seen shaking hands with Raul Castro. (Image: AP)

Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez is seen shaking hands with Raul Castro. (Image: AP)

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 Diaz-Canel launched a new political era as a government led by a single family for six decades tries to ensure the long-term survival of one of the world's last communist states. (Image: AP)

Diaz-Canel launched a new political era as a government led by a single family for six decades tries to ensure the long-term survival of one of the world's last communist states. (Image: AP)

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 The National Assembly announced that Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez had been approved as the sole candidate for president. (Image: AP)

The National Assembly announced that Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez had been approved as the sole candidate for president. (Image: AP)

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 Members of the National Assembly opened the crucial session a day after voting on Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez's nomination as the sole candidate for president. (Image: AP)

Members of the National Assembly opened the crucial session a day after voting on Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez's nomination as the sole candidate for president. (Image: AP)

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 The result was to be officially announced Thursday (April 19) morning but the result was clear because the assembly approves all executive branch proposals by margins of 95 percent or higher. (Image: AP)

The result was to be officially announced Thursday (April 19) morning but the result was clear because the assembly approves all executive branch proposals by margins of 95 percent or higher. (Image: AP)

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 Diaz-Canel gained prominence in central Villa Clara province as the top Communist Party official, a post equivalent to governor. (Image: AP)

Diaz-Canel gained prominence in central Villa Clara province as the top Communist Party official, a post equivalent to governor. (Image: AP)

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 A poster of Fidel Castro and Cuba's President Raul Castro stands in Havana, Cuba. (Image: AP)

A poster of Fidel Castro and Cuba's President Raul Castro stands in Havana, Cuba. (Image: AP)

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