How Cubans view Diaz-Canel and the end of the Castro dynasty

Raul Castro announced he plans to step down as president, effectively ending the Castro political dynasty after 59 years of rule. While that day won’t come until at least 2021, his successor has already been declared: Miguel Diaz-Canel

WikiTribune asked how we should report on the change in leadership in Cuba. Colin Slade offered: What is the Cuban community saying about the need for change?

Several reputable publications have already written on the “demand for change” in Cuba. An issue with a generational divide, older Cubans generally more supportive of the status quo, while younger Cubans are eager for greater a change in leadership (New York Times). 

So the question will be slightly changed to: How do Cubans, including the diaspora, view Diaz-Canel and the end of the Castro dynasty?  For the next few weeks, WikiTribune will find an answer to this question. Use this page to add possible sources, interview subjects and other ideas to inform this story.


  • Cuban-American National Foundation: A group of Cuban exiles living in the U.S. who advocate for more civil liberties on the island nation.
  • Yoani Sanchez: Cuban activist who criticized the Cuban government while residing in the island.
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Background on Miguel Diaz-Canel

Miguel Diaz-Canel was proposed to be the next leader of Cuba by communist party officials. With a background in electronic engineering, the 57-year-old has carved out a reputation for wanting to modernize the country. Diaz-Canel is also considered socially liberal, a significant step for a country that heavily discriminates against homosexuals (Guardian). 

But as a party loyalist and long-time ally of the Castros, Diaz-Canel is expected to maintain the central tenants of Cuba’s state-run economy and restrictions on civil liberties once he assumes office.



Salvador Sanchez Ceren recibe a VicePresidente de Cuba, Miguel Diaz Canel. (2015)

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