Skip to comments.Analysis: Castro successor lacks charisma but is experienced manager
Posted on 02/25/2013 6:19:00 PM PST by re_tail20
When Cuban President Raul Castro named former engineering professor and long-time Communist Party insider Miguel Diaz-Canel as his first vice president and potential successor on Sunday, he chose managerial skills over flair.
Diaz-Canel, 52, is the youngest non-military man to come so close to the pinnacle of power in Cuba since the Castro brothers took power in 1959.
He was appointed first vice president on Sunday at a meeting of the National Assembly where Castro also announced he would step down in 2018 at the end of his second five-year term as president.
Diaz-Canel would step into the presidency if Raul Castro could not complete his term. He rose through the ruling Communist Party's ranks including key posts outside the capital and enjoys some name recognition at home, though is far less well known abroad.
While he has only two years of routine military service under his belt, Diaz-Canel's ascent through the provincial ranks has earned him strong ties with the military, connections that other up-and-coming figures who fell by the wayside in past reshuffles have lacked. "This is a major change in Cuba, not just generational," said Arturo Lopez-Levy, an analyst at the University of Denver who used to work for the Cuban interior ministry on intelligence issues and U.S. relations. "The promotion of Diaz-Canel should be seen as part of an institutional change in the way the Cuban elite is promoted."
Before joining the government in Havana, Diaz-Canel held top Communist Party posts in two important provinces, Villa Clara and Holguin, centers of the booming tourism industry as well as new private-sector activity, both key elements of an economic reform process being pushed by Raul Castro.
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Experienced manager running a multimillion populated gulag and fascist personality cult state ?
Yeah, and he listens to American jazz and likes hamburgers.
The media is such a joke.
What could go wrong?
The revolutionary elite that founded Communist Cuba is leaving the stage to a more technocratic elite. We’ve seen similar transitions in China and Vietnam. The emphasis is not on ideology but on getting things done.
Ah, Marc Frank. Google him and People’s Daily World. It takes a special kind of extremist to write for that one, a trusted extremist, a connected extremist. That’s who he is.
Communism’s future on Cuba is about as bright as that of the Castro brothers. Those people have suffered enough.
That’s a pretty good analysis....eventually they jettison the dogma, and become more pragmatic.
Why when I read did this I immediately think of this????:
Just another damn RINO that lacks Charisma and is better at "Managing" the decline much better than the commie bastard that was previously in office....
I'd say you nailed it.
Sounds like a Spanish speaking Gorbachov.