Manuel Marrero Cruz

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Manuel Marrero Cruz
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18th Prime Minister of Cuba
Assumed office
21 December 2019
PresidentMiguel Díaz-Canel
DeputyRicardo Cabrisas
Preceded byMiguel Díaz-Canel (President of the Council of Ministers)
Personal details
Born
Manuel Marrero Cruz

(1963-07-11) 11 July 1963 (age 58)
Holguín, Cuba
Political partyCommunist Party
Military service
Allegiance Republic of Cuba
Branch/serviceFAR emblem.svg Revolutionary Armed Forces
RankColonel
Unit Cuban Revolutionary Army

Manuel Marrero Cruz (born 11 July 1963) is a Cuban politician currently serving as the Prime Minister of Cuba, and the first since re-establishment of the office of Prime Minister in December 2019 after the 43-year abolition of the position dating from 1976. The last Prime Minister before the abolition of the office was Fidel Castro.[1] Marrero is the first person to hold the position of Prime Minister of Cuba in 43 years.[2] A member of the Communist Party of Cuba, he served as the country's long-time Minister of Tourism from 2004 until his appointment to the office of Prime Minister in December 2019.[3] During his tenure as tourism minister, Cuban tourism witnessed massive resilience. Marrero is an architect[4] and worked in Gaviota, the tourism arm of the Cuban military, where he also held the rank of colonel.[5]

Prime Minister of Cuba (2019–present)[edit]

Appointment[edit]

Following the 2019 Cuban constitutional referendum, the office of Prime Minister of Cuba was reinstated for the first time since Fidel Castro last occupied it in 1976. President Miguel Díaz-Canel formally nominated Marrero to serve as Prime Minister, and his nomination as PM was unanimously ratified by 594 deputies of the National Assembly.

The term limit for prime ministers under the new Cuban constitution is five years.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cuba names Manuel Marrero Cruz as first prime minister since 1976". BBC News. 21 December 2019. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  2. ^ Oppmann, Patrick (21 December 2019). "Cuba names Manuel Marrero Cruz prime minister". CNN. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  3. ^ Frank, Marc (21 December 2019). "Cuba names prime minister in move to lighten presidential load". Reuters. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Cuba names first PM in decades as new constitution decentralises presidential power". ABC News. 22 December 2019. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  5. ^ Mazzei, Patricia (8 November 2017). "Rubio: 'Bureaucrats' to blame for softening Trump Cuba policy". Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Cuba chooses first prime minister since 1970s". Global News. 21 December 2019. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  7. ^ "Cuba is about to name first prime minister in 40 years". The Yucatan Times. 21 December 2019. Retrieved 22 December 2019.

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Political offices
Vacant
Title last held by
Fidel Castro
Prime Minister of Cuba
2019–present
Incumbent