New Cuban leader emerged from local politics

New Cuban leader emerged from local politics

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Miguel Díaz Canel’s political career took off in the nineties, when he governed Villa Clara, his native region.

“He rode a bicycle, he talked openly,” says Silverio, director of the El Mejunje cultural center, who remembers how Díaz Canel defended the venue when it hosted homosexual artists, rockers and hippies. “He was a leader with long hair, a community leader….

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