Havana, Oct. 10 (xinhua) -- Cuba's ninth national congress of the people's political power announced on October 10 that the current President of the council of state and President of the council of ministers of Cuba diaz-canel was elected President of the republic of Cuba on the same day.
The ninth national people's political power congress of Cuba held a special session on October 10. By secret ballot, diaz-canel was elected President of Cuba and valdes mesa, currently the first vice-president of the council of state and the council of ministers, was elected vice-president.
After his election, diaz-canel said Cuba's top priority was to focus on the future, with defense and the economy among the top priorities. He stressed that Cuba would keep up with The Times to improve the efficiency of government and called on the Cuban people to unite in the face of the United States blockade.
Earlier in the day, the ninth congress of the national people's political power of Cuba also elected the current NPC chairman estevan lasso as the NPC chairman and the President of the State Council, and the current NPC vice chairman Anna maria Marie machado as the NPC vice chairman and the vice President of the State Council. The current secretary of the State Council, ormero acosta alvarez, was elected secretary of the National People's Congress and secretary of the State Council. In addition, the assembly elected 18 other members of the council of state.
According to Cuba's new constitution, promulgated in April this year, Cuba has created the posts of President (head of state) and prime minister (head of government). The President is elected by the National People's Congress and the prime minister is appointed by the National People's Congress after being nominated by the President. The State Council became a permanent body of the NPC. The President of the State Council is no longer the head of state or government.
Born in April 1960, diaz-canel was elected to the political bureau of the central committee of the communist party of Cuba in 2003, became minister of higher education in 2009, and was elected first vice President of the council of state and the council of ministers in 2013. He took over in 2018