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Monday, April 1, 2013

Cuba After The Castros

Cuba's new Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel, right, waves, sitting next to Cuba's President Raul Castro, during the closing session at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, in 2012. (AP/Ismael Francisco, Cubadebate)

Cuba’s new Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel, right, waves, sitting next to Cuba’s President Raul Castro, during the closing session at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, in 2012. (AP/Ismael Francisco, Cubadebate)

For decades the words Castro and Cuba have been synonymous. But Fidel is now 86, and sick, and his 81 year old brother Raul says this will be his last term as president.

Castro recently named Miguel Diaz Canel, a man little known off the island, as his new deputy — an indication that Canel is being lined-up as the next leader of Cuba. But besides the fact he’s a relatively youthful 52, who is he?

Guest:

  • Sarah Rainsford, reporter for the BBC

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