(SKN Observer) Cuba now has its first Prime Minister since 1976, when revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, made redundant the post.
The new Prime Minister, Manuel Marrero Cruz, was appointed by Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel. Marrero Cruz has been Tourism Minister for over 10 years.
The rules of the new constitution for Cuba, passed earlier this year, paved the way for installation of a Prime Minister.
According to Cubadate, a local news outlet, Marrero, 56, will take on some of the responsibilities that currently fall to the president. being Head of Government, he will be the administrative right hand of the President of the Republic.
However, critics say any such changes are purely cosmetic as the Cuban Communist Party and the military remain the only two real decision-making institutions on the island.
Marrero’s appointment was ratified unanimously by deputies in the National Assembly on Saturday.
Marrero was named Tourism Minister in 2004 by Fidel Castro and has since overseen a major boost in tourism to the island.
However, it is unclear if he will now remain head of the ministry.