|17th President of Cuba|
19 April 2018
|Vice President||Salvador Valdés Mesa|
|Leader||Raúl Castro (First Secretary of the Communist Party)|
|Preceded by||Raúl Castro|
|3rd First Vice President of Cuba|
24 February 2013 – 19 April 2018
|Preceded by||José Ramón Machado|
|Succeeded by||Salvador Valdés Mesa|
|Minister of Higher Education|
8 May 2009 – 21 March 2012
|Preceded by||Juan Vela Valdés|
|Succeeded by||Rodolfo Alarcón Ortiz|
|Born||Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez
(1960-04-20) 20 April 1960
Placetas, Villa Clara, Cuba
|Political party||Communist Party|
|Alma mater||Marta Abreu University of Las Villas|
Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (American Spanish: [miˈɣel ˈdi.as kaˈnel]😉 is a Cuban politician serving as the current President of Cuba. He was previously First Vice President from 2013 to 2018. He has been a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Cuba since 2003, and he 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.
He was selected to succeed Raúl Castro as President of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers on 18 April 2018, and sworn into office the next day. He is the first president to not be a Castro family member in over 40 years.
Miguel Díaz-Canel will succeed Raúl Castro as First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, the most powerful position in Cuba, and become the de facto leader in 2021.
Early life and education
Díaz-Canel was born on 20 April 1960 in Placetas, Villa Clara, to Aída Bermúdez, a schoolteacher, and Miguel Díaz-Canel, a mechanical plant worker in Santa Clara.
He graduated from Central University of Las Villas in 1982 as an electronics engineer and thereupon joined the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces. Beginning in April 1985, he taught at his alma mater. In 1987, he completed an international mission in Nicaragua as First Secretary of the Young Communist League of Villa Clara.
In 1993, Díaz-Canel started work with the Communist Party of Cuba and a year later was elected First Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee of Villa Clara Province (a position equivalent to a regional governor). He gained a reputation for competence in this post, during which time he also championed LGBT rights in a country which generally frowned upon homosexuality. In 2003, he was elected to the same position in Holguín Province. In the same year, he was co-opted as a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Cuba.
Díaz-Canel was appointed Minister of Higher Education in May 2009, a position that he held until 22 March 2012, when he became Vice President of the Council of Ministers (deputy prime minister). In 2013 he additionally became First Vice President of Cuba.
President of the State Council
As First Vice President of the Council of State, Díaz-Canel acted as deputy to the President, Raúl Castro. In 2018, the 86-year-old Castro stepped down from the presidency, though he would retain the powerful position of First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba and the commander-in-chief of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces. On 18 April 2018, Díaz-Canel was selected as the only candidate to succeed Castro as president. He was confirmed by a vote of the National Assembly on 19 April and sworn in on the same day.
He is a party technocrat who is little-known to the public. Policy experts expect him to pursue cautious reform of his predecessors’ economic policies, while preserving the country’s social structure. Journalist Andrés Oppenheimer has argued that, with the power that Castro has kept, the president of Cuba would be a mere protocolar office, unable to make any actual changes. He is the first president born after the 1959 Cuban Revolution and the first since 1976 not to be a member of the Castro family.
A Short Brief About Miguel Díaz-Canel
On the eve of the anniversary of Cuban patriot José Martí’s birth, Raúl Castro, flanked by members of the revolutionary old guard and a much younger man who hadn’t even been born at the time of the 1959 Cuban Revolution, led a torchlight parade from the University of Havana.
While the younger man, Miguel Díaz-Canel, stepped briskly along during the late January parade, the octogenarians walked gingerly and haltingly, graphically illustrating Cuba’s coming generational shift in power.
Now Díaz-Canel is the man Cuba’s National Assembly has selected as the new president and the face of the island’s future.
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Díaz-Canel has two children with his first wife Martha, and he currently resides with his second wife Lis Cuesta.