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Miguel Diaz-Canel named Cuba's new president

Kết quả hình ảnh cho Miguel Diaz-Canel
Havana, Cuba (CNN)Miguel Diaz-Canel was officially named as the new leader of Cuba on Thursday, one day after a secret vote in the country's National Assembly.
It's the first time in nearly six decades that Cuba is being led by a man not named Castro.
Diaz-Canel, 57, was selected by a vote of 603-1 as the unopposed candidate to replace Raul Castro, 86. Castro embraced Diaz-Canel -- who wasn't yet born when Fidel Castro led his revolution in 1959 -- during Wednesday's session, all but sealing his status as the island's next president.
Diaz-Canel becomes president of the Cuban Council of State and Council of Ministers. The other members of the Council of State also were named Thursday. The make-up of the Council of Ministers will be decided at the next National Assembly, Diaz-Canel said, most likely later this year.
Despite his new title, Diaz-Canel emphasized the continuing leadership role that Raul Castro will play for the country.
"Raul Castro, as first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, will lead the decisions of greatest transcendence for the present and the future of this country," Diaz-Canel said in a speech to the Cuban National Assembly in Havana on Thursday.
Castro will also still be a member of the National Assembly and, even if he is no longer president, the most powerful public figure on the island.

A steady rise to power

An electrical engineer by training, Díaz-Canel was born a year after Fidel Castro took power. Tall and gray-haired, he speaks in a soft monotone and rarely strays too far from the script in public appearances.
But while there were other, more dynamic members of his generation who years earlier appeared to have a better lock on the top job, Díaz-Canel quietly made a name for himself as an efficient administrator while serving as the top Communist Party official for the provinces of Villa Clara and then Holguín, where Fidel and Raul Castro were born.