(Buh-Bye Carlos Lage, seen on the right)
Today there’s been an explosion in the news regarding Raul Castro’s first public stance against Fidel’s system. Back in December last year, I wrote about this notion of Raulists vs Fidelistas, and the rumor that big change was afoot inside the bubble.
If you know anything about Cuban politics, you could argue that Fidel has his Rumsfields and Cheney’s all around. Very smart men, but very controlling and um, not very nice. These men are considered Fidel’s closest team, strict Communists, and top advisers in government.
Here’s the main players that were fired.
(Vice President Carlos Lage is Fired)
(Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque is Fired)
To replace Perez Roque, the president named Brigadier General Jose Amado Ricardo Guerra as the new cabinet chief. Also, according to Bloomberg.com, Raul “merged some ministries in a bid to increase efficiency.” In short, Raul is consolidating his power and taking the reigns.
To debunk another conspiracy theory, Fidel Castro is not dead. His health condition has been a State secret and he hasnt appeared in public since he stepped down in 2006. There have been several reports of the bearded guy shuffling around the city with tons of security and Mercedes Benz’s around him. Locals are a little freaked out to talk about it because of guarded “State secret” aspect, but nonetheless, cubans can’t keep a secret, so the word is out that El Comandante is still alive, breathing, and taking strolls outside.
I’m hoping that the “fall of the extreme-minded of Cuba” will begin a trend with the “fall of the extreme-minded of Cuban-Americans”. It’s pretty nauseating witnessing the bickering between both old-school camps while at the same time seeing them feed each others hatred and beef. Move over bacon, now there’s something leaner!
Let’s just say this week was a BIG week of historical proportions for the Cuban government and for Communism.
As far as Raul and what type of sword he will wield? No exact word but it’s reported he’s demanding efficiency (a foreign concept in Cuba), pragmatism, and forward-thinking nation. As the Steve Clemons elegantly stated on Monday, “Raul Castro seems fully in control now — and he’s done with ideology”.
Let’s see how Raul drives the bus on Obama’s watch.