With the sudden death of Lopez-Calleja, the future of Cuba’s Castro dictatorship is uncertain

Family portrait: Raúl Guillermo Rodríguez, Déborah Castro, and Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Calleja.

The death of Luis Alberto Rodriguez Lopez-Calleja has left a massive power vacuum in the communist Castro dictatorship. He was the second most powerful man in Cuba and for all intents and purposes, the one who pulled the levers of power and ran the country from the shadows.

His business acumen and political ruthlessness combined with his adoption into the Castro family (he was Raul Castro’s former son-in-law and the father of Raul’s favorite grandson), made him the perfect successor to continue the Castro family dynasty. But now he is gone, and for the moment, no one in the Castro dictatorship inner circle appears to have both the skills and the trust of Raul Castro to take his place.

Via CiberCuba (my translation):

Cuba: The death of Lopez-Calleja and the vulnerability of a country in crisis

The death of General Luis Alberto Rodriguez Lopez-Calleja represents a turning point in the future of Cuba.

The head of the mafia that controlled the country has died, the financial brains who managed both the dirty and clean money flowing into the Cuban regime’s coffers.

Raul Castro’s confidant has died, the one to which he gave control of the country and the future of his family The most hated man among the Cuban generals who control the country’s military has died.

The dictator who caused so much aguish and bitterness among the entire population suffering through shortages, the effects of the pandemic, and the ridiculous decision to pour resources into building hotels at the cost of hunger and the health of the people has died. The new feudal lord who ordered the elimination of reforms and stopped the progress of entrepreneurs in its tracks has died.

This sudden event pushes the country into a new dynamic. Especially since it comes just as the anniversary of the July 11 popular uprising approaches, the largest civic movement calling for a change in government ever seen in the revolution’s 63-year history. In my opinion, this event marks the beginning of a transition that will not be reversed and most likely will come from the Cuban military.

Raul Castro has lost his closest confidant, the man he gave the keys to the country, the keys to the so-called “revolution.” Finding a replacement for this mafia capo will not be easy for Raul Castro, who just turned 91 and no longer has the mental capacity to make such critical decisions.

Without a doubt, this death completely changes the dynamics of the internal environment in Cuba. The system had already entered a self-destructive phase and now loses the brains behind its malignant transformation.

Now, the mafia transfiguration of the country enters into a phase of high vulnerability. Above all because this is the moment in which the masses can rise up and take to the streets to demand change. A time when a group of Cuban generals will have the option to side with the masses and take civic control of the country to guide it through a peaceful transition.

There is no doubt this is a great opportunity for Cuba. It will depend on Cubans on the island and how they interpret this event under the new and unexpected circumstances of political leadership and uncontrollable crisis.

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  1. He was NOT a general, though at least he did not run around in military costume like his father-in-law. This guy was a financial operator, and in a big way. However, there’s no obvious replacement, though there will have to be one. His son definitely cannot fill his shoes, and neither can the son of Castro II, let alone the utterly useless spawn of Fidel Castro. None of the known “ministers” is up to the job, and the so-called president is far too dense and clumsy to do it. Maybe they can get some Cubanoid economist to help out.

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