Julio Casas Regueiro

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Julio Casas Regueiro
Born (1936-02-18)February 18, 1936
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Died September 3, 2011(2011-09-03) (aged 75)
Havana, Cuba

Corps General Julio Casas Regueiro (February 18, 1936 – September 3, 2011) was a Cuban politician. He was a Vice-President of the Council of State and the Minister of Defense.

Previously, Regueiro was the Deputy Minister of MINFAR in charge of Economic Activity and was in charge of Cuba's holding company, GAE SA, which is the holding company for the commercial activities belonging to MINFAR, the Cuban Armed Forces Ministry. It manages much of Cuba's lucrative tourist industry (such as the company Gaviota) along with agriculture, import-export businesses, retail stores and other enterprises.

On February 24, 2008, he was named as one of Cuba's Vice-Presidents[1] and as Minister of Defense, succeeding long-time Defense Minister Raúl Castro, who was named as President of Cuba on the same day.[1][2] On this occasion, Castro said: "I have always had criticism for generals in our armed forces, but in 50 years I don't recall having ever criticized General Julio Casas Regueiro".[citation needed] His older brother was Senén Casas Regueiro.

On September 3, 2011, he died of heart failure.[3]


  1. ^ a b Anita Snow, "Raul Castro Becomes Cuba's Leader", Associated Press, February 24, 2008.[dead link]
  2. ^ "Raul Castro named Cuba's new president", AFP, February 24, 2008.
  3. ^ "Cuban defense minister dies at 75". CBSNews. 2011-09-03. Retrieved 3 September 2011. [dead link]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Raúl Castro
Defence Minister of Cuba Succeeded by
Leopoldo Cintra Frias