Prime Minister of Cuba

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Prime Minister of Cuba
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Flag of the Prime Minister
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Fidel Castro
Appointer President
Precursor None
Formation 10 October 1940
First holder Carlos Saladrigas Zayas
Final holder Fidel Castro
Abolished 2 December 1976
Succession President of the Council of Ministers
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Prime Minister of the Council of the State of Cuba was a position in the government of Cuba. Fidel Castro assumed the position of Prime Minister in 1959 replacing José Miró Cardona.[1]

The office was abolished on December 2, 1976 following a restructuring of the government and the implementation of a new Constitution of Cuba. Castro became president of the Council of State (President of Cuba) and president of the Council of ministers, elected by the National Assembly. The Prime Minister of Cuba was also referred to as the Premier. The role of President of the Council of Ministers is sometimes still referred to as the "prime minister".[2]

The role of the Prime Minister was first assigned in 1940 in accordance with the amended Constitution of Cuba. The first Prime Minister of Cuba was Carlos Saladrigas Zayas (1900–1957), the nephew of former President Alfredo Zayas. Between 1940 and 1959 Cuba saw fifteen changes to the position, Félix Lancís Sánchez was Prime Minister twice (1944–1945 and 1950–1951) whilst Fulgencio Batista held the role concurrently alongside that of President of Cuba for one month (April 1952) following a military coup.

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