Luis Alberto Rodriguez Lopez-Callejas, Raul Castro’s son-in-law and the man behind the curtain running the day-to-day operations for Cuba’s communist dictatorship has died of a heart attack.
Revolutionary Armed Forces Division General Luis Alberto Rodriguez Lopez-Calleja, the head of the GAESA corporate conglomerate, passed away Friday morning from cardiac arrest, according to state-run media.
Lopez-Calleja was a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party’s Central Committee and a member of the National Assembly of Popular Power.
Born in 1960 and the former son-in-law of General Raul Castro, he was a key figure in the Cuban government and commanded the powerful military consortium of the army, which controls a large part of the most important sectors of the island’s economy.
The state-run daily Granma reported that the high-rankinjg military official “had a treasure of brilliant service to the Homeland and to the Cuban revolution.”
His death creates a power vacuum and throws a huge wrench into succession of power in Cuba. We’ll have to wait and see which family member dictator Raul Castro chooses to replace him.