Raul Castro re-elected president in Cuba
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.