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Miguel Diaz-Canel replaces Raul Castro as Cuba's president

HAVANA - Cuban lawmakers on Thursday transferred power to new President Miguel Diaz-Canel, marking a major generational shift on the island nation ruled for almost 60 years by the late Fidel Castro and his brother, Raul.

Diaz-Canel, 57, a longtime stalwart of the ruling Communist Party, was heartily endorsed for the role by outgoing President Raul Castro, who has led the country since his brother relinquished the top post 10 years ago.

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