Cuba: Ricardo Alarcon ousted from Castro Parliament
Breaking news coming out of Cuba indicates that Cuban Parliament President and Castro dictatorship front man Ricardo Alarcon has been unceremoniously shown the door. It seems the Castro regime sent out invitations to their 2013 communist soiree and old Ricardito was not on the list.
Alarcon apparently out as Cuba parliament chief
HAVANA -- Cuban parliament President Ricardo Alarcon, one of the most influential people on the island and long its point man for U.S. affairs, will apparently be leaving the job he's held for the last 19 years when the body reconvenes next year with new membership.
Alarcon's name was absent from a list of candidates for the new legislature that was published Thursday in Communist Party newspaper Granma. Under the Cuban Constitution, the National Assembly chooses its president from among its ranks.
Alarcon, who has been parliament chief since 1993, is 75 years old, and President Raul Castro, himself 81, frequently speaks of a need to promote younger leaders.
"This looks to me like one more part of a move to replace people in their 70s and 80s with people in their 50s in the top jobs in government," said Philip Peters, a Cuba analyst at the Virginia-based think tank The Lexington Institute.
Cuban officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Rumors have suggested as a possible successor Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, who last week was promoted to the Communist Party's powerful Political Bureau.
Rodriguez is on the list of candidates for the National Assembly, as are Fidel and Raul Castro and rising stars such as Marino Murillo and Miguel Diaz-Canel.
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