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Cuba again has prime minister. It is the first since 1976

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Cuba again has prime minister. It is the first since 1976

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The Cuban Tourism Minister was appointed Saturday as Prime Minister, a post that was extinguished in 1976 and recovered in the new Constitution approved in April.

Manuel Marrero, 56, was appointed by parliament on a proposal from the President of Cuba, Miguel-Diaz Canel, which was unanimously approved by the deputies.

At the same parliamentary session a deputy prime minister shall be appointed and the full composition of the new government known. Marrero, the first head of the Cuban government after a 43-year hiatus, was minister of tourism for 16 years and was responsible for one of the most important sectors of the country's economy.

The Cuban state newspaper Granma describes Marrero as a politician who emerged from the “base” of the tourism industry.

The post of prime minister was held by historic leader Fidel Castro between 1959 and 1976. This past year, the constitution elevated Fidel Castro to President of Cuba, eliminating the post of prime minister.

Some critics cited by the cosmetic broadcaster BBC They realize that these changes are purely cosmetic, as the Cuban Communist Party and the military remain the two institutions with power and influence in the country's decision-making.

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