And Miguel Diaz-Canel, a man born after the 1959 revolution, was elected president by the National Assembly.
After years of having a Castro hold the presidential office in Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel is changing the game for the island country after being elected president on Wednesday.
Former Fresno County Supervisor Henry Perea went on an economic development mission to Cuba and when he was visiting change was already in the air.
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Cubans said they expected their new president to deliver improvements to the island's economy, which remains stagnant and dominated by inefficient, unproductive state-run enterprises that are unable to provide salaries high enough to cover basic needs.
U.S lawmakers say that unfortunately those who live on the secluded island nation are unlikely to see their lives improve.
"We are disappointed that the Cuban government opted to silence independent voices and maintain its repressive monopoly on power rather than allow its people a meaningful choice through free, fair and competitive elections", Nauert said.
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"He couldn't take it and left", Castro said in response. But Thursday, Fidel Castro's younger brother Raul stepped down. A new generation is coming into power. "I think that's definitely the sense in the population". Vice President Mike Pence tweeted at Castro that the US won't rest until Cuba "has free & fair elections, political prisoners are released & the people of Cuba are finally free!" "And the way so many countries are stepping up and saying what is happening in Venezuela is unacceptable, they also have to recognize that what is happening in Cuba is unacceptable because it is, quite frankly, one in the same". American diplomats have, for many years, been the closest allies and friends - sometimes the only friends - that these fearless men and women have.
Nespral turned to CIA Director Mike Pompeo who is now before the Senate as President Donald Trump's nominee at State. The U.S. also declared a trade embargo on Cuba in 1960, which severely hampered the Cuban economy over the course of the next half-century.
The 57-year-old president says the country's leadership can not forget "for a second" its commitment to the people of Cuba. Americans are no longer allowed to do business with over 180 entities, which are believed to be "under the control of, or acting for or on behalf of, the Cuban military, intelligence, or security services or personnel with which direct financial transactions would disproportionately benefit such services or personnel at the expense of the Cuban people or private enterprise in Cuba". "It means that for us Cubans that our Cuban people will continue under the same dictatorship, will continue the misery, the repressions, the violations of human rights". Castro said he foresees the white-haired electronics engineer serving two five-year terms as leader of the Cuban government and taking the helm of the Communist Party, the country's ultimate authority, also for two five-year terms, when Castro leaves the powerful position in 2021.
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"Today, the Cuban regime has named a new puppet", Diaz-Balart said.