After the period of 40 years, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel has appointed the country’s first prime minister since 1976. The post of prime minister was scrapped in 1976 by the then revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.
Manuel Marrero Cruz, 56, an architect and whose nomination was ratified by the National Assembly, is a former functionary of the military-run Gaviota tourism corporation, will serve a five-year-term, in accordance with the new constitutional amendment approved in April.
Marrero, tourism minister for 15 years, presided over the growth of the industry into Cuba’s most important, with dozens of partnerships with foreign companies and broad connections with the growing private sector. Unlike many other countries where prime ministers often play central, political roles, the post involves day-to-day supervision of the Council of Ministers (cabinet) and the implementation of policy.
“The head of government will be the administrative right hand of the president of the republic,” the state-run news outlet said. William LeoGrande, a professor of government and Cuba expert at American University in Washington said the post was different than in a multiparty system. “It’s a division of responsibilities rather than a division of authority,” he said.
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