Miguel Díaz-Canel is named Cuba's next Communist Party chief, replacing Raúl Castro
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Miami Herald

Miguel Díaz-Canel, the loyalist groomed to succeed Raúl Castro, on Monday was formally named chief of Cuba’s Communist Party, giving him unprecedented civilian control of a nation grappling with a shattered economy, food shortages and a citizenry increasingly emboldened to criticize the government. The long-expected consolidation of power came after Castro, the former president and revolutionary figure who helped his brother cement a communist regime in Cuba, officially announced his retirement at age 89. Cuba’s Communist Party announced on Twitter that Díaz-Canel, the nation’s president, had …

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