Cuba, Long Led By Castros, Hails A New President Outside The Family

When Raul Castro passed Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez the job, the Communist Party stalwart became Cuba's first president not named Castro in decades. But don't expect radical reforms.
The man who now leads Cuba: Miguel Diaz-Canel, 57. The Communist Party operative, seen here in Santa Clara last month, was elected president of the island nation Thursday. Source: Alejandro Ernesto

Updated at 1:08 p.m. ET

Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez has been elected president of Cuba, officially ending the Castro family's decades of domination of the country's highest office. The Communist Party formally announced the presidency's transition from Raul Castro on Thursday, in what might better be described as a coronation than an election.

In fact, if there was any surprise at all, it might be that

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