HAVANA TIMES — The Minister of Interior of Cuba, Carlos Fernandez Gondin, died on Saturday at the age of 78, “after complications of a chronic illness,” reported dpa news.
“The conduct of Gen. Carlos Fernandez Gondin is an example of loyalty to the Communist Party, the people and the Revolution,” noted the Cuban government in an official statement.
No mention was made as to who will replace the minister, which oversees State Security and its many thousands of employees and collaborators.
During the struggle against the Batista dictatorship Fernandez Gondin fought with the rebel “Segundo Frente” (Second front) column led by Raul Castro in eastern Cuba.
After the revolution triumphed in 1959, he held numerous posts in the Army reaching the rank of Major General.
In October 2015 he was promoted from first vice minister of Interior to the minister when Abelardo Colome resigned for health reasons.