A woman prepares to cast her ballot at a voting center during elections for national and provincial representatives for the National Assembly in Santa Clara, Cuba, Sunday, March 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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Cubans voted Sunday to ratify a new National Assembly, a key step in a process leading to the elevation of a new president, the first in nearly 60 years from outside the Castro family.The new members of the National Assembly will be tasked with choosing a successor to 86-year-old President Raul Castro when he steps down next month.The new National Assembly selects a 31-member Council of State, whose head is automatically president of the country.Cuba's president is designated by a 31-member Council of State, whose head is automatically president of the country. But the Council of State first has to be selected by the National Assembly.Born after the revolution, Diaz-Canel, an engineer, slowly climbed to the top rungs of Cuba's hierarchy over a three-decade career under Raul's mentorship.
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