Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (born 20 April 1960) is a Cuban politician. He is the 19th and current President of Cuba since 19 April 2018. He was the First Vice President of the Council of State and Council of Ministers from 2013 to 2018. He has been a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Cuba since 2003.
|19th President of Cuba|
|Assumed office |
19 April 2018
|Prime Minister||Himself (as President of the Council of Ministers)|
|Vice President||Salvador Valdés Mesa|
|Preceded by||Raúl Castro|
|3rd First Vice President of Cuba|
24 February 2013 – 19 April 2018
|Preceded by||José Ramón Machado|
|Succeeded by||Salvador Valdés Mesa|
|Member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Cuba|
|Assumed office |
|First Secretary||Fidel Castro|
|Minister of Higher Education|
8 May 2009 – 21 March 2012
|Preceded by||Juan Vela Valdés|
|Succeeded by||Rodolfo Alarcón Ortiz|
Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez
20 April 1960
Placetas, Villa Clara, Cuba
|Political party||Communist Party of Cuba|
|Alma mater||Marta Abreu University of Las Villas|
Díaz-Canel served as Minister of Higher Education from 2009 to 2012; he was promoted to the post of Vice President of the Council of Ministers (deputy Prime Minister) in 2012. A year later, on 24 February 2013, he was elected as First Vice President of the Council of State.
Díaz-Canel was close with Raúl Castro and many knew when Castro retired, he would have been the likely successor when he retired in April 2018. He was sworn-in as President a day before his 58th birthday.
Has also allowed his country to have WIFI for the first time. This has changed society for the better as well as making him more popular.
- Damien Cave, Raúl Castro Says His Current Term as President of Cuba Will Be His Last, The New York Times, 24 February 2013
- "Ratificado Raúl como presidente del Consejo de Estado y del Consejo de Ministros (+ Fotos)". Cubadebate.
- Gamez Torres, Nora (22 August 2017). "Video offers rare glimpse of hardline ideology from presumed next leader of Cuba". Miami Herald. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
- Nicole Acevedo; Carmen Sesin (19 April 2018). "Miguel Díaz-Canel becomes Cuba's president, Raúl Castro steps down". NBC News.