Raul Castro’s Possible Successor Visits Putin in the Kremlin

Miguel Diaz Canel visits Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin. Photo: progresoweekly.us

HAVANA TIMES — If everything goes as the script has it, in 2018 Raul Castro will retire as president of Cuba and pass on the baton to his First Vice President, Miguel Diaz Canel, currently on a visit to Russia to meet with President Vladiimir Putin and other top authorities.

It would be the first time in 60 years that someone other than a Castro ruled the country.

While less visible than the Communist Party’s number two man, Juan Ramon Machado Ventura, Diaz Canel has taken part in many protocol assignments both in Cuba and abroad.

Diaz Canel and Putin meet in Moscow.
Diaz Canel and Putin meet in Moscow.

In a routine press release the Kremlin said that Putin and Diaz Canel “discussed the outlook for trade and economic cooperation between the two countries, among them the transport infrastructure, telecommunications and communications, biopharmaceuticals, and civil aviation. In addition, attention was paid to Russian-Cuban cooperation in the fields of tourism, sports, culture and education.”

On Thursday, DÌaz-Canel met with Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev.  Like the meeting with Putin, no details were available from the talks other than the routine protocol of saying the leaders discussed their countries’ “prospects for further improvement” in their “already positive economic relations.”

15 thoughts on “Raul Castro’s Possible Successor Visits Putin in the Kremlin

  • June 6, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Correction: the last free election in Cuba was in 1948. Batista’s coup interrupted the scheduled election of 1952. Elections in 1955 and 1958 were heavily manipulated and widely boycotted.

    Castro had promised free & fair democratic elections after the Revolution, but then once he got his hands on power he quickly scrapped that promise.

  • June 4, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    How would we possibly know Miguel Diaz Canel will be Raul Castro’s successor?
    The Cuban people haven’t yet voted through that perfect instrument of popular democracy, Poder Popular.

    Unless, of course, Cuban elections are a farce and all real decisions happen behind closed doors, decided by the Castro clique.

  • May 31, 2016 at 5:44 am

    Cuba isn’t my country so what I think isn’t that important however Miguel Diaz Canel has that thousand mile stare that reminds me of the old Russian Politburo. Still think Tony Castro would be a great choice as he did a great job aligning the baseball game a few months ago with US vs. Cuba.

  • May 30, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Under Communist rule, you had better believe that voter turnout approaches 100%.

    Not only that, but the electoral system is so perfect and the people so enthusiastic about their wonderful leaders that, on one or two occasions, the final results have actually been announced before the voting was over.

    Now that’s True Democracy! — to know the unanimous will of the People before they have expressed it. Don’t laugh … the results that were announced were absolutely correct, being the same, down to the last decimal point, as the results that were achieved later when the votes were actually counted.

  • May 29, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Don’t you know that the dictatorship which you so love no longer uses the word ‘democracy’? You are obviously out of date Ermle.
    I know all about elections in Cuba and every approved candidate being a member of the Communist Party of Cuba.

  • May 29, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    I know everything about “Cuban democracy”, in the free world its called dictatorship.
    You make a huge error when you assume without basis that “The People” and the Castros as communist dictators are synonymous.
    Viva Cuba libre!

  • May 29, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Every election has been free. You know nothing about Cuban democracy. The People rule. Democracy is alive and well throughout the land.

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