Cuba has a new President, vows to Defend Castro’s legacy

Outgoing Cuban President Raul Castro (R) raises the arm of Cuba's new President Miguel Diaz-Canel after he was formally named by the National Assembly, in Havana on April 19, 2018. Miguel Diaz-Canel succeeds Raul Castro -- a historic handover ending six decades of rule by the Castro brothers. The 57-year-old Diaz-Canel, who was the only candidate for the presidency, was elected to a five-year term with 603 out of 604 possible votes in the National Assembly. / AFP PHOTO / Adalberto ROQUE

CUBA- Cuba for the first time in over 50 years has new president that is not from the Castro, but he has vowed that capitalism will not be in his policies whatsoever.

Cuba’s new president is a Communist Party loyal member, Miguel Diaz-Canel was inaugurated the new president on Thursday, promised to defend the party’s communist values and policies led by the Castro brothers in 1959. He gave a presidential speech that focused on modernizing the economy.

Diaz-Canel who takes over Raul Castro, was sworn in by the National Assembly, a in well thought-out move by the leadership to preserve the political system.

Diaz-Canel, 57, said, “The mandate given by the people to this house is to give continuity to the Cuban revolution in a crucial historic moment,”

He paid tribute to his predecessor, Raul Castro who took over his brother Fidel Castro ten years ago. Fidel Castro passed away in 2016 due to ill health.

Castro will remain head of the Communist Party until 2021. Castro has sharply criticized Donald Trump policies against Cuba, he said, “Since the current president arrived in office, there has been a deliberate reversal in the relations between Cuba and the United States, and an aggressive and threatening tone prevails.”

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