Cuba's parliament has named Raul Castro for another five-year term as president, with Miguel Diaz-Canel serving as his first vice president. "The National Assembly of People's Power today approved, in this capital, Army General Raul Castro Ruz as president of the Council of State, and elected Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, as its first vice president," AFP reported on Sunday.
Shortly after the Cuban National Assembly elected him president, Castro said he would step down from power after his second term as president ends in 2018. He will be 86 when the new term ends."This will be my last term," he said. The 52-year-old Diaz-Canel, an electrical engineer by training and former minister of higher education, is now the first in line to succeed Castro. "It represents a definitive step in the configuration of the future leadership of the nation through the gradual transfer ... of key roles to new generations," Castro told lawmakers in speaking of his decision to name Diaz-Canel for the job. Former President Fidel Castro joined the legislative gathering. Castro, 86, has been a member of the National Assembly since he officially retired as president in 2008. MN/AS