Castro To Canel: 365 Days, 52 Weeks, 525,600 Minutes.... Another Transition, Succession & Opportunity

365 days
52 weeks
525,600 minutes

On 24 February 2018, H.E. General Raul Castro (DOB 3 June 1931), President of the Republic of Cuba, will be replaced by the First Vice President of the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba, H.E. Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez (DOB 20 April 1960).  

This will be the first time in fifty-nine (59) years that the Republic of Cuba will have a head of state and head of government whose family name is not Castro.

The date 24 February has significance to the Republic of Cuba and for the United States: 

  • 24 February 2013, H.E. General Raul Castro is elected to a 2nd term as President of the Republic of Cuba.  
  • 24 February 2008, H.E. Dr. Fidel Castro Ruz retires as President of the Republic of Cuba.  
  • 24 February 1996 was the date when two United States civilian aircraft were shot down by aircraft operated by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of the Republic of Cuba (FAR); four individuals die.  
  • 24 February 1976 was the date the Republic of Cuba adopted its constitution.  
  • 24 February 1895 was the beginning of Cuba’s War of Independence.
 H.E. General Raul Castro

H.E. General Raul Castro

 H.E. Miguel Diaz-Canel

H.E. Miguel Diaz-Canel