Miguel Diaz-Canel has been named Cuba’s new president. The 57-year-old, who was the only candidate for the presidency, was elected to a five-year term with 603 out of 604 possible votes in the National Assembly, the official Cubadebate website said.
Diaz-Canal has been First Vice President of the Council of State and Council of Ministers since 2013. He has been a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Cuba since 2003, and 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.