Diaz-Canel sole candidate to succeed Cuba’s Castro: official

Havana (AFP) – Miguel Diaz-Canel is the sole candidate to succeed Cuba’s President Raul Castro, officials announced Wednesday on the eve of a vote in the National Assembly.

Diaz-Canel, a 57-year-old Communist Party official and the country’s current first vice president, is due to be confirmed on Thursday as the successor to Castro, whose departure will end his family’s six-decade grip on power.