Apr 19 2018
While this week's assembly is promoting younger leaders of government, Castro and other elders of the revolution will likely retain a degree of power on the Caribbean island as senior leaders of the Communist Party until a party congress set for 2021. It is the first time since the 1959 revolution that a Castro brother has not occupied Cuba's top office.
The rubber-stamp National Assembly voted on the proposal to promote Diaz-Canel, who is now first vice president. At Castro's side in the party leadership will be fellow old-guard revolutionary Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, 87. The white-haired, generally unsmiling Diaz-Canel had been seen at greatest length in a leaked video of a Communist Party meeting where he somberly pledged to shutter some independent media and labeled some European embassies as outposts of foreign subversion.
"I like sticking with the ideas of President Fidel Castro because he did a lot for the people of Cuba, but we need rejuvenation, above all in the economy", said Melissa Mederos, a 21-year-old schoolteacher. The new president and state council are due to be sworn in on Thursday.
Miguel Diaz-Canel, Cuba's presidential designate, is from a younger generation of leaders and has advocated modernising the island.
At the two-day meeting, which began early on Wednesday, the 605-seat National Assembly is to vote in a new Council of State, which counts 31 members and whose head will automatically become president.
"It's unclear how free a hand Diaz-Canel will have".
Cuba's economy remains smaller per capita than it was in 1985, when it had the support of Communist ally, the Soviet Union, according to one study.
Afghanistan: Taliban attack kills 10 security forces in Herat
The Taliban planted mines to prevent government reinforcements from going to help and quickly took responsibility for the attack. Fighting went on for about three hours until fresh troops were deployed to the district and the Taliban escaped from the area.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott Announces Senate Run
Before the killings of 17 people at a Florida high school in February, Scott had an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association. Earlier this year, Scott's closeness to the president yielded for his state an exemption from plans to expand offshore drilling.
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Even the FARC extended financed their insurgency by leveling a "war tax" on cocaine proceeding through land the rebels dominated. However, they're not secure for offenses perpetrated after the December 2016 signing.
Raul Castro in March was reelected in March as a member of the country's parliament.
He gave more freedoms to Cubans, allowing them to travel, visit resorts on the island previously reserved for foreigners and gradually increasing internet access, although opposition groups still face official harassment.
Mr Diaz-Canel has since a year ago been widely expected to take over from Mr Castro, who made it clear his deputy was his personal choice.
The legislators then cast secret ballots and were expected to nearly unanimously support the slate.
A big day in Cuba's history as Raul Castro ends his 10-years in power and the closing the 60-year Castro reign in Cuba; Steve Harrigan has the latest updates from Havana, Cuba. Only one of the five, 85-year-old Ramiro Valdez, was among the Communist revolutionaries who fought with the Castros in the eastern Sierra Maestra mountains.
"Any change in Cuba is reason to celebrate", said Cuban-American Christina Ibanez.
However, the group with Saavedra said the only way any real change can happen is through democracy.
A few even call for political reform.
Apr 18 2018
Harley Quinn Movie Hires Female Director
Yan, whose feature-film debut Dead Pigs picked up an award at Sundance this year, beat out numerous contenders for the plum job. Warner Bros. has been hard at work on developing a slew of films based on DC properties over the past few years.
Apr 18 2018
Immunotherapy shows promise for lung cancer
It can be given for up to 24 months for those without disease progression, Merck said. This is a huge progress that will certainly help lung cancer patients a lot more.
Apr 17 2018
Don't delay: Tuesday is Tax Day
These basic tips are created to help people avoid common errors that could delay refunds or cause future tax problems. Do you have an IRS tax bill? If you try to file, and are missing a document, you can file for a six-month extension.
Apr 16 2018
Bucks match-up with injury-ridden Celtics in first round of playoffs
In the final moments, however, the Celtics showed some important life, going on a 6-2 run in the final 1:37 to cut into the lead. On paper the Celts shouldn't even be in the postseason, much less hosting a first-round series with home court advantage.
Apr 16 2018
Athletic therapist dies after Humboldt bus crash, raising death toll to 16
She graduated in 2016 with a bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Regina , according to the school . However, the family is asking for privacy from media and will not be responding to interview requests.
Apr 15 2018
Trump attorney is focus of 'monthslong' investigation into personal dealings
Cohen, though, would often make light of his legal acumen, as a former Cooley Law School classmate, Greg Crockett explained. Cohen and their teams were still scrambling on Friday to assess the damage from the raid early Monday morning", The Times .
Apr 13 2018
Toys R Us receives several $1bn bids for its Asia unit
Moorfields has been managing the administration of the bust company, after it was unable to pay a 15 million pound tax bill. Failed US toy-store chain Toys'R'Us reportedly plans to sell its Asia business for more than one billion dollars.
Apr 13 2018
US Still Assessing Intel on Alleged Douma Chemical Attack - Mattis
On Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed that Israel bombed a Syrian military base in response to the chemical attacks . President Trump has publicly announced there will be missiles fired, and USA allies are also indicating they'll be involved.
Apr 13 2018
Almost 260 dead in military plane crash in Algeria
Algeria's defense ministry was quoted by state TV as saying that 247 passengers and 10 flight crew were among those killed. Most merchants near the airbase remained closed for business in a mark of respect for the dead and their families.
Apr 12 2018
Local Doctors Push For Organ Donations During National Donate Life Month
That's as we hear the terrifying figure that three people die needlessly every day waiting for an organ . You can go to www.giftoflife.on.ca to find out more about signing up.
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