First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba

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First Secretary of the
Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba
Presidente de Cuba, Raúl Castro, visita Salvador.jpg
Incumbent
Raúl Castro

since 19 April 2011
Appointer Central Committee
Term length Five years
renewable once
Inaugural holder José Miguel Pérez
Formation August 1925
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The First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (Spanish: Primer Secretario del Comité Central del Partido Comunista de Cuba) is the highest office within the Communist Party of Cuba. The first secretary is also the President of the Council of State and President of the Council of Ministers, the two highest state offices. Since 1961, the position of first secretary has been synonymous with leader of Cuba. The current first secretary is Raúl Castro, he is ranked first in the Politburo hierarchy and is the brother of Fidel Castro, his predecessor.

The post was named in imitation of the office of First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, which was staffed by Leonid Brezhnev at the time.

Officeholders[edit]

Name
(birth–death)
Portrait Took office Left office Second Secretary
General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba
(1925–1939)
José Miguel Pérez
(1896–1936)
20 August 1925 1925
José Peña Vilaboa
(1891–1927)
1925 1926
Jorge Vivo
(?)
1927 August 1933
Blas Roca Calderio
(1908–1987)
Blas Roca.png December 1933 1939
General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Revolutionary Communist Union
(1939–1944)
Blas Roca Calderio
(1908–1987)
Blas Roca.png 1939 1944
General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Popular Socialist Party
(1944–1961)
Blas Roca Calderio
(1908–1987)
Blas Roca.png 1944 24 June 1961
First Secretary of the Integrated Revolutionary Organizations
(1961–1962)
Fidel Castro
(born 1926)
Fidel Castro.jpg July 1961 26 March 1962 Raúl Castro
(1961–1962)
First Secretary of the Central Committee of the United Party for the Socialist Revolution of Cuba
(1962–1965)
Fidel Castro
(born 1926)
Fidel Castro.jpg 26 March 1962 3 October 1965 Raúl Castro
(1962–1965)
First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba
(1965–present)
Fidel Castro
(born 1926)
Fidel Castro.jpg 3 October 1965 19 April 2011 Raúl Castro
(1965–2011)
Raúl Castro
(born 1931)
Presidente de Cuba, Raúl Castro, visita Salvador.jpg 19 April 2011 Incumbent José Ramón Machado Ventura
(2011–present)

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