Manuel Marrero becomes new PM of Cuba

Sunday, 2019-12-22 12:44:58
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Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero hugs Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel during the closing of the Fourth Regular Session of the National Assembly of People's Power in its 9th Legislature at the Havana Convention Center on December 21, 2019. (Photo: AFP)
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Manuel Marrero was appointed on December 21 as Cuba's prime minister at the proposal of President Miguel Diaz-Canel.

Marrero has been serving as minister of tourism and becomes the first official to hold the prime minister position in 43 years.

The position was removed of Cuban establishment in 1976, but the administration of President Miguel Diaz-Canel reinstalled it in accordance with the new Constitution.

The new prime minister, 56 years old, is an architect engineer and began his working life in 1990 as an investor at the Gaviota Tourism Group in the eastern Holguin province.

In 2004 he was appointed minister of tourism, a position he has performed to date.

In his new position, Marrero will be accompanied by six deputy prime ministers, among whom stands out Commander Ramiro Valdes, one of the historical leaders of the Cuba Revolution and close collaborator of former presidents Fidel and Raul Castro.

The other deputy prime ministers are hitherto the vice presidents of the Council of Ministers or cabinet, Roberto Morales Ojeda, Ricardo Cabrisas, Ines Maria Chapman and Jose Luis Tapia.

The team is completed with the current Minister of Economy and Planning Alejandro Gil, who maintains that portfolio.

Marrero's appointment is considered another step in the generational replacement of the island's leadership since the founding fathers of Cuban revolution are aged 80 and more.

Xinhua