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  • Analysis: Castro successor lacks charisma but is experienced manager

    02/25/2013 6:19:00 PM PST · by re_tail20 · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 25, 2013 | Marc Frank
    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...