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Raul Castro re-elected president in Cuba

Published on Feb 25, 2013 6:19 AM
 Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro (L) attends the opening session of the National Assembly of the People's Power beside his brother, Cuban President Raul Castro, in Havana Feb 24, 2013. Retired Cuban leader Castro made a rare public appearance on Sunday as he took his long-empty seat beside brother Raul Castro at the opening session of the National Assembly, the official National Information Agency reported. Fidel Castro has graced the assembly chambers just once, in 2010, since taking ill in 2006 and ceding power to his brother. -- PHOTO : REUTERS

HAVANA (AFP) - Raul Castro was re-elected as Cuba's president Sunday, officially to his last five-year term, with a new regime number two: Council of State Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel, official media said.

"The National Assembly of People's Power today approved, in this capital, Army General Raul Castro Ruz as president of the Council of State, and elected Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, as its first vice president," according to the AIN news agency.

Mr Diaz-Canel, who turns 53 in April, is an electrical engineer by training, a former education minister and the president's de facto political heir seeking to project into the future the Americas' only one-party Communist regime.

Raul Castro, now 81, became interim president when his brother, revolution icon Fidel, took ill in 2006. He then formally became president in 2008.

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