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Cienfuegos was the only one of three brothers who attended the University of Havana, where he graduated as an architect in 1954. He joined the Popular Socialist Party (Partido Socialista Popular, PSP). He was exiled to Mexico in 1957, and remained there until 1959. After his brother's death, he was chosen to be the Minister of Construction in 1960. He was appointed in 1966 as Secretary General of the Organization of Solidarity of the Peoples of Asia, Africa, and Latin America (OSPAAAL).
He was removed from the Politburo of the Party and the Council of State after 17 years of membership (1980–1987). He remained as a member of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party and in the 1990s was appointed Minister of Tourism until he was replaced in 1998.
He was a Vice-president of the Council of Ministers of Cuba until 2009-03-02. His departure caused controversy after some news reports suggested that he had been removed by Cuba's president, Raúl Castro. Fidel Castro responded criticising those reports.
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