The Cuban parliament on Saturday appointed former tourism minister Manuel Marrero as the island nation’s first prime minister in decades under a new constitution that seeks to decentralize the role once held by Fidel Castro, reported dpa.
Marrero, 56, will be Cuba’s first prime minister since 1976 and will share leadership responsibilities with President Miguel Diaz-Canel. Nonetheless, Raul Castro remains the most powerful politician in Cuba as the head of the Communist Party.
An architect by profession, made a name for himself within the military-run Gaviota tourism corporation before becoming tourism minister in 2004.
Fidel Castro was prime minister until 1976, when the position was abolished, and the iconic leader became both president and head of the Communist party. Castro died in 2016, a decade after ceding power to his brother Raul.