By Kimberley Richards, blavity.com
As Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermudez officially became Cuba’s new president last week, more black officials were notably chosen for high positions of power in the nation’s new government than before, The New York Times reported.
Cuba’s new council now includes three Afro-Cuban vice presidents: first vice president Salvador Valdes Mesa and vice presidents Inés María Chapman and Beatriz Jhonson. There are now three women in the new council total. Díaz-Canel’s leadership will mark the first time the nation will have a president outside the Castro family in decades. Díaz-Canel’s predecessor, 86-year-old Raul Castro, younger brother to Fidel Castro, will remain head of the Communist Party, TIME reported.