Cuba Awakes to New Cabinet Shuffle

By Circles Robinson

The Habana Libre Hotel in the Cuban capital.

HAVANA TIMES, Jan. 7 — A new shake up has occurred in the key Cuban government ministries of Communications and Construction, the official Granma newspaper announced Friday morning.

Minister of Construction Fidel Figueroa de la Paz was removed from his post for “errors committed.”  No indication was given if there was simply mismanagement or malfeasance in office.

Figueroa was replaced by Rene Mesa Villafaña,  52, a civil engineer and party professional who has worked his way up the ranks of the construction ministry.

Until his new appointment, Mesa held the post of director of the Institute of Hydraulic Resources.  He was replaced in that position by Ines Maria Chapman Waugh, 44, a member of the Council of State.

Likewise, Commander Ramiro Valdes Menendez, 78, was replaced as minister of Information and Communications by a younger general, communications engineer Medardo Diaz Toledo, 48.

Valdes, who is also a Vice President of the Council of Ministers will now concentrate his efforts in an oversight role of the Ministries of Construction, Basic Industry and also the area he led, Communications, states the official notice.

4 thoughts on “Cuba Awakes to New Cabinet Shuffle

  • Could “errors committed in his job” mean corruption or turning a blind eye to it.?

  • It cannot be a socialist government that there is no transparency with decisions like this. This continues to be a bureaucratic ‘circling of the wagons’ — only different here in face of the huge pressure to reform a failed stalinist model. Socialist government is transparent by its very definition. Bourgeois methods of police-control of society didn’t work for the east-european stalinists — and they certainly won’t work in little Cuba.


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