Miguel Díaz-Canel

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Díaz-Canel and the second or maternal family name is Bermúdez.
Miguel Díaz-Canel
First Vice President of the Council of State and Ministers of Cuba
Assumed office
24 February 2013
President Raúl Castro
Preceded by José Ramón Machado Ventura
Member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Cuba
Assumed office
10 October 1997
Minister of Higher Education
In office
President Raúl Castro
Preceded by Juan Vela Valdés
Succeeded by Rodolfo Alarcón Ortiz
Personal details
Born (1960-04-20) 20 April 1960 (age 56)
Villa Clara, Cuba
Political party Communist Party of Cuba
Profession Electronics engineer

Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (born 20 April 1960) is a Cuban politician[1] who has been First Vice President of the Council of State of Cuba since 2013. He has been a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Cuba since 1997, and he served as Minister of Higher Education from 2009 to 2012; he was promoted to the post of Vice President of the Council of Ministers in 2012. A year later, on 24 February 2013, he was elected as First Vice President of the Council of State;[2] as such, he is considered likely to eventually succeed Raúl Castro as President of Cuba.[3] His political views have been described as "hardline" Marxist.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

He graduated from Central University of Las Villas in 1982 as an electronics engineer, at which time he joined the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces.[1] Beginning in April 1985 he taught at his alma mater. In 1987 he completed an international mission in Nicaragua as First Secretary of the "La Unión de Jóvenes Comunistas (UJC)" of Villa Clara.[5]

In 1993 he started work with the Communist Party of Cuba and a year later was elected First Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee of Villa Clara Province.[1] In 2003 he was elected to the same position in the province of Holguin.[1][6] He was also promoted to the Politburo in 2003.[7]

He was appointed Minister of Higher Education in May 2009, a position which he was released from on 22 March 2012 when he became Vice President of the Council of Ministers.[1][8] He is the first person born after the 1959 Cuban revolution to reach this position.[9]

He has two children with his first wife Martha, and he currently resides with his second wife Lis Cuesta.[9]


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Political offices
Preceded by
José Ramón Machado Ventura
First Vice President of Cuba