Raul Castro Juggles Cuba’s Government

HAVANA TIMES, March 2 — President Raul Castro announced major changes in the Cuban government on Monday after a year of evaluating his cabinet members. Numerous top officials were removed from their key posts including Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque, Finance and Planning Minister Jorge Luis Rodriguez, and Carlos Lage Davila the Executive Secretary of the Council of Ministers.

Perez Roque was replaced as Cuba’s top diplomatic post by the current First Vice Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla. Carlos Lage Davila was replaced as executive secretary of the Council of Ministers by the current head of the Revolutionary Armed Forces Secretariat, Brig. Gen. Jose Amado Ricardo Guerra.

Marino Murillo Jorge was designated to replace Jorge Luiz Rodriguez. Murillo had been the minister of Internal Commerce.