Havana, June 3 (Prensa Latina) President Miguel Díaz-Canel congratulated today the first secretary of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC), Raúl Castro, on his 89th birthday and thanked him for his defense of the (Cuban) Revolution.
Happy 89th birthday to our Army General, Hero of the Republic of Cuba, fundamental protagonist of the Revolution and of contemporary history,’ Díaz-Canel wrote in his personal Twitter account.
In another tweet, the president thanked his predecessor for his history, loyalty and modesty.
He also highlighted him for the trust and guidance, and ‘for the free and hard defended Homeland’, added the head of state with the tag #Cubateabraza.
Raúl Castro was born in Birán, current province of Holguín, on June 3, 1931. He was the younger brother of the the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and his companion in the attack on Moncada Barracks (1953), the second military stronghold of the Fulgencio Batista regime (1952-1959).
After being imprisoned on the then Isle of Pines (now Isle of Youth) for the events of the Moncada, he was one of the 82 expeditionaries of the yacht Granma, with which Fidel Castro intended to start the guerrilla fight in La Sierra Maestra (mountains in the east of the country).
He was, after Fidel Castro, the first leader of a guerrilla front, when he founded the II Frank País Eastern Front in 1958.
Already during the Revolution he served as military and political leader. From 1959 to 2008 he was the Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces. From October 3, 1965 until April 19, 2011 he was the second secretary of the PCC, and from the latter date he held his current position.
After Fidel Castro’s illness on July 31, 2006, he temporarily held the presidency of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers until 2008.
On February 24, 2008, he became the head of the presidency of the Councils of State and Ministers when he was elected by the deputies to the 7th Legislature of the National Assembly of People’s Power. In 2013 he was re-elected.
As part of his promise to serve two terms in government, on April 18, 2018, Diaz-Canel was elected and became president of the Republic in 2019, as mandated by the new constitution.
Little given to public presentations, the first secretary of the Central Committee of the PCC usually appears in reports of meetings of the Political Bureau of the political organization, which is due to hold its eighth congress next year.
(Taken from PL)