HAVANA – A number of the most important figures within the Cuban institution as the federal government prepares to usher in new management:
He grew to become appearing president in 2006 when his brother Fidel Castro stunned the world and introduced his retirement following emergency surgical procedure. In 2008, the Nationwide Meeting formally elected Raul to the put up. Three years later he was named chief of the Communist Social gathering of Cuba.
For a few years, he was considered by the general public because the second in command to his extra charismatic brother, who died in November 2016. However he has left a particular mark on Cuba in the middle of a 12-year administration. He oversaw a restricted opening of the non-public sector, with out ceding state management over the economic system, and a thaw in relations with the US.
Raul was born in jap Cuba on June three, 1931, the fourth of seven brothers. After the Cuban revolution in 1959, he served greater than 4 a long time as protection minister earlier than turning into head of state.
He was married to the late guerrilla chief Vilma Espin and had 4 kids together with her.
Upon leaving the presidency this week he’ll stay head of the Communist Social gathering, giving him oversight of his successor.
JOSE RAMON MACHADO VENTURA
Lately, Machado was thought of the second strongest determine in Cuba and as a possible successor to the Castro brothers till Miguel Diaz-Canel was elected first vp in 2013.
Machado was born Oct. 26, 1930, within the province of Villa Clara. In 2011, he was named second-secretary of the Communist Social gathering, an influential put up he nonetheless holds.
A health care provider by coaching, he is named an orthodox communist and retains a low public profile. His revolutionary actions started when he was a younger medical scholar and he joined the battle towards the dictator Fulgencio Batista.
He later joined the July 26 Motion, a political group created by the Castros and run by Ernesto “Che” Guevara. He served as well being minister in 1960-1967.
Valdes was a key determine within the revolutionary battle and within the first years of Fidel Castro’s authorities. However he had a falling out with the president whereas serving as inside minister in 1986 and was thought of out of the primary circle of energy till 2003, when he rejoined the Council of State.
In 2006, Raul Castro selected Valdes to guide the telecommunications ministry in his first main resolution after taking up presidential powers his convalescing brother, Fidel. Three years later, Vales was elevated to vp.
He has lengthy been related each on and off the island with Cuba’s restrictive entry to the web and international communications.
He was born April 28, 1932, within the western metropolis of Artemisa.