From our Bureau of Old-Fashioned Latrine American Military Juntas and our Bureau of Post-Purge Reshuffling
One has to wonder how this 83-year-old dinosaur survived the recent purge that did away with over a dozen of his comrades. He must be doing something right.
As for the other military man, who is only 58 years of age: watch out, comrade, you’re way too young and therefore too dangerous. When purge time rolls around again, find yourself a bunker in which to hide.
Army Corps General Ramón Espinosa, 83, first deputy minister of the Cuban armed forces, became a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party and its Central Committee on Tuesday during a partisan meeting. His appointment goes against the Party’s own rules changed at its last Congress last year to ban officials aged 60 and over from holding a seat on the Central Committee and those over 70 from becoming members of the Politburo. .
The secretary of the Central Committee, Roberto Morales Ojeda, asked its members to make an exception to select Espinosa despite the age limits, citing “his long record of service as a military chief inside and outside of Cuba” and “his loyalty to the leaders of the Revolution,” according to Granma, the party’s newspaper. Espinosa fought in Cuba’s forays into Africa and is believed to be close to Raúl Castro, who officially retired as Party secretary last year but remains the country’s top leader.
Division General Ricardo Rigel Tejeda, 58, recently appointed head of the Eastern Army, was also selected Tuesday as a member of the Party’s Central Committee. Rigel Tejeda replaced Major General Agustín Peña Porres, a former head of the Eastern Army, who died last year among more than a dozen active and retired high-ranking military officers whose deaths have been linked to the Covid pandemic.
The recent appointments illustrate “the importance of ensuring that the military maintains its influence in party and country politics,” said Brian Fonseca, a former US Southern Command analyst and director of the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy in Florida International University.
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