HAVANA TIMES — The government of Raul Castro named Marino Murillo, the so-called market “reform czar” on the island, the new Minister of the Economy, according to a statement read Thursday on state television, reported dpa news.
Murillo, a vice president of the Council of Ministers and the head of the committee that implements the reforms adopted in 2011, replaces Adel Yzquierdo. Murillo had previously held the post of Minister of Planning and Economy from 2009 to 2011.
The 53-year-old economist is considered the “brain” behind the economic liberalization reforms that the government of Raul Castro has gradually put in place in recent years.
Murillo is one of the young faces in the aging leadership of the island. With the appointment, the politician who exudes an image of a technocratic and administrator, now holds practically all the posts for implementation and supervising the economy, which has recorded a dissapointing performance despite the reforms.
Yzquierdo, who replaced Murillo in front of the ministry in 2011, was relegated to the position of deputy minister.