HAVANA TIMES – This week we have drawn on the recent death of General Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Callejas. The executive president of the Grupo de Administración Empresarial S.A. (Gaesa), a member of the Political Bureau and presidential adviser, was one of the most influential persons in the Cuban leadership.
His death is somewhat complex to approach from our art, but it has been, without a doubt, the most significant event in the Cuban news in the last week.
Lopez-Callejas, who until recently had a discreet public life. In October 2021, he was given a seat in the National Assembly of People’s Power. The fact raised many suspicions because everything indicated that he could be in the process of holding a high political office. (In Cuba being a member of the Assembly is required to hold most higher offices.)
We also recall that in September of last year, in the press coverage of Miguel Díaz-Canel’s visit to Mexico, Lopez Calleja made himself known publicly and officially as an adviser to the president.
From his image away from the media and his close relationship with power, he oversaw important areas of the national economy. In popular jargon, some claimed that he was like “the power in the shadows”, material for conspiracy theorists who speculate about the island’s endemic secrecy.
Wimar Verdecia Fuentes