Cuba waives liver spot rule, appoints 54-year-old to top leadership
In a country where liver spots is a prerequisite for consideration to be given any high-level leadership post, the appointment of 54-year-old Bruno Rodriguez to the top rung of Cuba's communist ladder is somewhat of a surprise. Of course, Brunito is no spring chicken, but in comparison to the octogenarian young guns who rule Cuba's island prison, he is just a baby. Nevertheless, in spite of his relative youth and inexperience, Cuba's elitist slave masters recognize Brunito's loyalty and subservience to the Castro dictatorship -- for now, at least -- and with close supervision and an extremely short leash, he will be given the opportunity to grow old, develop liver spots, and eventually join the ranks of Cuba's octogenarian ruling class.
Cuban foreign minister promoted to top leadership body
Cuba Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, 54, has been elevated to the top echelon of the Communist Party as part of what ruler Raúl Castro described as an “urgent” effort to break the stiff resistance to the promotion of younger leaders.
“It is urgent for us to break the blockade in thinking that still exists when it comes time to select and prepare young leaders,” the 81-year-old Castro was quoted as telling a meeting Tuesday of the party’s Central Committee. “Time is running short.”
Castro did not identify who’s behind the “blockade,” but there have been several unconfirmed reports of officials of Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) throwing quiet but sharp elbows to position themselves or their friends for top party and government posts in coming years.
“We have brilliant youths who we must guide and transmit to them the knowledge that we have acquired in so many years of revolution,” official news reports quoted Castro as saying. “On the issue of (party) leaders, we have taken positive steps but the effort required is big.”
Castro, who is first secretary of the PCC, then announced that Rodriguez had been elevated to the Political Bureau, the party’s top standing body. Only four of its 16 members are under the age of 65 and the oldest is 84. Five hold the rank of general.
Castro has been insisting on the need to bring more youths, women and blacks into the party since a national congress of the PCC last spring, but there have been hints that some middle- and high-ranking party officials are not happy making way for newcomers.
“Some of these people say they sacrificed to rise within the party, paid their dues if you will, and now see these newcomers on the fast track,” said a European diplomat who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to speak on Cuba issues.
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