Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez, an electrical engineer, has been elected the new President of Cuba. He becomes the 19th president of the Caribbean nation, thus replacing a two-generational leadership by the Castro brothers, revolutionaries Fidel and Raul, who successfully wrangled the nation away from the dictator Fulgencio Batista back in 1959.
The silver-haired Diaz-Canel (the shortened surname he will commonly use), has ascended to Cuba's leadership on the eve of his 58th birthday from the position of First Vice President - a post he held since 2012, before he stood as Education Minister since 2009. He was elected President earlier today by Cuba's 605 legislators.
Diaz=Canel's rise to power comes since joining Cuba's Communist Party back in 1997. He has been a long-time friend of Raul Castro, who has relinquished the presidency, but will stay on as First Secretary of the Communist Party until 2012.
So as a Castro-less presidency era beckons in Cuba, Diaz-Canel could be expected to carry on in the tradition of his aging, or dead revolutionary predecessors. However, overtime and following a consolidation of power, Diaz-Canel could point Cuba toward a modern economy encompassing technology and wider trade with more nations. Then, perhaps, he would extend a much needed olive branch to Cuban exiles.