2009 Cuban government dismissals

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In March 2009, President Raúl Castro of Cuba dismissed numerous government ministers.



Economic reforms[edit]

In an article "Purge Aims to Halt Cuba's Economic Free Fall", written by Frances Robles and Wilfredo Cancio and published in the Miami Herald in March 2009, the authors suggested that the purge was to get rid of the people who may have stood in the way of economic reforms.[3]

Hugo Chávez[edit]

Former Mexican foreign minister Jorge Castañeda Gutman, in his Newsweek article published in the March 23, 2009 issue, suggested that Hugo Chávez was plotting a coup in Cuba due to concerns that Raul Castro would make concessions that would betray the 50-year-old Cuban Revolution. However, "long-time Cuba watchers expressed skepticism" about this claim.[4]

According to his thesis, Hugo Chávez asked Leonel Fernández of the Dominican Republic to support the plot, but he declined.


  1. ^ a b "Raúl Castro replaces top Cuban officials". London: The Guardian. 2009-03-02. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Who's in and who's out in Cuba government shakeup". Yahoo / Associated Press. Retrieved 22 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "Purge aims to halt Cuba's economic free fall". Cuba study group. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Alleged plot against Raul Castro draws skepticism". CNN. March 17, 2009. Archived from the original on 21 March 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2009.