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Cuba elects first President in 43 years

Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez became Cuba’s first President after reconstituting the post. He was elected to this post by the country’s Parliament-the National Assembly of people’s power.

The post of President of Cuba existed until 1976 when he was replaced by the post of President of the Council of State. The leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro held this position for 30 years, and in 2006 his brother-Raul Castro replaced him. 59-year-old Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez in 2018 became the third person in the history of Cuba to hold this post.

In 2019, Cuba adopted a new Constitution that restored the presidency. Thus, after the election, Miguel Diaz-Canel continued to hold the post of leader of the state. His term of office, according to the Constitution, is four years. He should remain in this post until at least 2023.

“Revolution is not a struggle for the present, revolution is a struggle for the future. The homeland on which we think a just and decent society is built is the homeland of tomorrow,” Diaz-Canel said during the inaugural speech.

He noted that the priorities of his policy would remain the economy and defense of the country. Among the priority development programs, he called the increase of foreign investment, export expansion, housing construction, food production, tourism, transport and the use of renewable energy sources.

Cuba’s new Constitution was adopted by referendum in February 2019. 73.3% of Cubans supported it. It provides for the emergence in a socialist country of private property, a free market and a partial change in the structure of power.