For years, Diaz-Canal, a loyal follower of the Communist party has been preparing to lead Cuba. Raul Castro will keep his position as party chairman.
A commission led by former President Raul Castro will be responsible for rewriting Cuba's 1976 constitution. Potential changes include market reforms and a presidential term limit.
The Cuban revolution "will carry on," Cuba's new president Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez said after succeeding Raul Castro at the post. Castro is set to mentor Diaz-Canel and remain the leader of the Communist Party.
For the first time since the 1959 revolution, Cuba's new head of state will not answer to the name Castro. Miguel Diaz-Canel takes on a country facing many challenges. Andreas Knobloch reports from Havana.
It is a historic moment for Cuba: the end of the Castro era. But despite the change in power, people in the country are under no illusions that their problems will disappear, writes Yoani Sanchez.
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