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Castro successor lacks charisma but is experienced manager

buy canada goose jacket cheap HAVANA (Reuters) When Cuban buy canada goose jacket cheap President Raul Castro named former engineering professor and long time Communist Party insider Miguel Diaz Canel as his first vice president and potential successor on Sunday, he chose managerial skills over flair.

Canada Goose Outlet Cuba’s President Raul Castro and newly elected first vice president Miguel Diaz canada goose clearance sale Canel, (R), attend the closing session of the National Assembly of the Peoples Power in Havana February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

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canada goose deals am not used to making frequent appearances in public, except canada goose store at times when it is required, Raul Castro said in his first public Canada Goose Jackets statement after taking over for his ailing brother Fidel in 2006. I have always been discreet, that is my way, and let me clarify that I plan to continue that way.

Discreet would be an understatement in describing Diaz Canel public persona as he uk canada goose worked his way up through the Communist Party over 30 years, even as other canada goose coats young cadres rose and fell.

canada goose clearance Like Raul Castro, he is considered a methodical speaker and lacks the charisma of canadian goose jacket Fidel Castro. Diaz Canel has so far not made any public comments since his appointment on Sunday.

COMMUNIST He was brought to Havana in 2009 to become minister of higher education and then a vice president of the Council of Ministers.

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A Communist Party source said Diaz Canel was viewed within canada goose uk black friday the ranks as incorruptible, a staunch communist, a nationalist loyal to the Castros revolutionary vision.

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canadian goose jacket Klepak, who wrote a book on the Cuban military under Raul Castro, pointed out the president is well known for picking the best man for a job. is just the sort of man that Raul, looking for continuity and institutionalization of the revolution, can count on, but anxious like Raul to modernize that government.

Canada Goose Parka Fidel Castro, who removed himself from power in 2008 due to ill health, made a rare appearance at the National Assembly meeting on Sunday where Diaz Canel appointment was made, appearing to add his seal of approval to the choice.

Canada Goose sale Diaz Canel appears buy canada goose jacket in fine shape for his age, with a full head of salt and pepper hair, which he used to wear long, with a chiseled face, square chin and muscular frame.

Lopez Levy recalled meeting him in the 1990s, describing him as articulate, flexible guy, with a reputation for being tolerant of homosexuals at a time when the Communist Party was still mistrustful of the gay community.

John McAuliff, director of the New York based Fund for Reconciliation and Development who specializes in university level exchanges with Cuba, also met Diaz Canel at an education conference last year and described him as intelligent and engaging.

Canada Goose online stopped by and was very friendly. The keynote speech he gave at the conference could have been made by any serious international educator in the United States, he said.

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