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In photos: Cuba's new president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, successor to the Castro brothers

A 57-year-old electrical engineer, he was nominated as the unopposed candidate to be president of the Council of State, and ratified by the Assembly of People's Power. He is a loyal member of the Cuban Communist Party but represents a younger generation of Cubans born after the 1959 revolution. But little change is expected in Cuba as Raúl Castro is staying on as the powerful head of Communist Party.
19 Abr 2018 – 10:59 AM EDT
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Díaz-Canel began his rise through the party ranks at the beginning of the 1990s just as Cuba was hit by the crisis of the collapse of the Soviet block. He was head of the Union of Young Communists (UJC), and the first provincial secretary in Villa Clara province. Seen here receiving Fidel Castro during a visit to Santa Clara. vanguardia.cu
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His informal dress broke with the stereotypes of Cuban leaders of the time. He wore long hair and jeans and sports shirts. In this 1997 photograph, Diaz-Canel accompanies another important leader of the Cuban revolution, Ramiro Valdés Domínguez, in an 'Honor Guard' for the legendary revolutionary hero Che Guevara. Crédito: josma.blogia.com
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The political career of Miguel Díaz-Canel was forged in the ranks of the Cuban Communist party after he graduated in 1982 in electrical engineering. he briefly served three years in Cuba's Revolutionary Armed Forces, but lacks the military background of Cuba's historial leaders. Seen here next to Raúl Castro at a public event in Havana in 2017. Crédito: Getty Images
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Diaz-Canel was named vice-president in 2013, making him hero-apparent to Raúl Castro and he began to be seen more in public. Seen here with Raúl Castro and Barack Obama at a baseball game during the historic visit of the US president to Cuba in 2016. Crédito: Getty Images
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In 2015 he visited Pyongyang and met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Crédito: Getty Images
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Diaz-Canel has represented his country in various meetings with international leaders. In 2016 he traveled to Moscow for an official visit to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Crédito: Getty Images
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Díaz-Canel is considered by many to be an agent of possible change in Cuba. However, he has made his loyalty clear to the Castro's revolutionary ideas. In this photograph, on a 2013 state visit to China, where he met President Xi Jinping. Crédito: Getty Images
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Díaz-Canel during a meeting with the then U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Crédito: Getty Images
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Díaz-Canel with Raul Castro and Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro during the XV Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of America in Havana in 2017. Crédito: Getty Images
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French President Francois Hollande receives Diaz-Canel on his arrival at the UN conference on climate change in Paris in 2015. Crédito: Getty Images
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Díaz-Canel with Argentine President Mauricio Macri at the inauguration of the new Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in Quito in 2017. Crédito: Getty Images
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Raúl Castro greets the Cuba's Assembly of Popular Power on April 18, 2018 together with the sole candidate proposed to succeed him, Miguel Díaz-Canel. Crédito: Getty Images
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"No room in Cuba for those who strive for the restoration of capitalism" Díaz-Canel says in his inaugural address after being sworn in as president. Crédito: Reuters
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