Posted on Monday, 12.21.09
Cuba makes Valdes, Bejerano Council of State VPs
The Associated Press
HAVANA — Cuba has promoted revolutionary commander Ramiro Valdes and
comptroller Gladys Bejerano to vice presidents of its supreme governing
body, the Council of State.
Valdes is a former leader of the rebels who brought Fidel Castro to
power and an ex-interior minister. He is also communications minister
and a Cabinet vice president.
This summer, Bejerano became head of a new office overseeing state spending.
Parliament approved the appointments Sunday. They replace revolutionary
hero Juan Almeida, who died in September, and Carlos Lage, the de-facto
economics czar who resigned in March during a leadership shake-up.
The Council of State features President Raul Castro, his first vice
president, five other VPs, a secretary, and 23 others.
Cuba makes Valdes, Bejerano Council of State VPs – Cuba –
MiamiHerald.com (21 December 2009)