Diaz-Canel affirmed his commitmentto Cuba’s socialist revolution in his inauguralspeech.
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Cuba's new president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, began his term Thursday with a promise to defend the socialist revolution led by the Castro brothers since 1959, giving a sober speech that emphasized the need to modernize the economy.Diaz-Canel, praising the reforms he ushered in as president, said Castro would remain the leader of the revolution and would be involved in major decisions.Despite that, Diaz-Canel praised Castro's move to renew relations with the United States.Castro spoke highly of Diaz-Canel and gave his blessing to the younger man to take over from him as the powerful head of the Communist Party in three years. He also said the new president could serve two five-year terms, underscoring restrictions Castro imposed on himself after his brother's decades in power.
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