Cuba Reshuffled the Deck, the Same Cards Came Out on Top

The Cuban legislators voted to maintain the same leaders, some with different titles.  Photo: Irine Perez /

HAVANA TIMES – Billed as a major change in the way Cuba is governed, the internal restructuring that took place on October 10th amounted to new titles with the same faces. The 580 legislators voted virtually unanimously in favor of all the proposed candidacies.

Raul Castro, as the head of the Communist Party of Cuba, remains the most powerful person on the Island and his position was not up for a change. He says he will remain as the leader until 2021.  

Miguel Diaz Canel will now be called president instead of president of the Council of State and Ministers.

Estaban Lazo remains as the president of the National Assembly and also picks up a second position as president of the Council of State.

Salvador Valdes Mesa will now be the lone vice president, instead of being the first vice president among six vice presidents that existed before.

A prime minister still to be appointed by Diaz Canel will head the Council of Ministers.

Meanwhile, the Cuban population continues to confront the crisis dubbed “temporary” by Diaz Canel, that brings back memories of the severely hard times of the 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the other Eastern European socialist countries.

The Communist Party and government blame any and all difficulties and shortages of fuel and basic products on the United States and its embargo. However, economists both within the country and abroad point to ineffective reforms as playing a big role in not getting the country moving forward, independent of the embargo.


8 thoughts on “Cuba Reshuffled the Deck, the Same Cards Came Out on Top

  • Nothing changes loyal communists only.
    No new ideas, no other political parties, same failed policies.
    Nothing good comes out of it.

  • My son and I went to cuba last year. I have read and heard about the economy. I was shocked by what I saw. We are so lucky in Canada with our fresh water and options to gain a better way of life. My son was 13 and it really opened his eyes as to how lucky he is to have the life we have. We are poor in Canadian standards. I work 80 hrs every 2 weeks and we are poor. Buy discount foods, buy our clothes at the thrift shop. But we are rich in comparison. It was a shock but I think we should see this county as an example and I think they are a good example of how we as a nation should be and we could all be equals as humans. We are all human and should be treated the same.

  • Jobs for the boys but no change or improvements in the standard of living for the real Cuban people then?

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