Castro builds power base

| 03/03/2009

(Miami Herald): Cuban President Raúl Castro on Monday gave his cabinet an unprecedented, wide-sweeping shake-up that experts say shows he’s moving toward doing things his way — efficiently, and surrounded by the military brass he trusts. Among those who lost key posts were longtime Fidel Castro loyalist Foreign Minister Felipe Pérez Roque and Vice President Carlos Lage, the youngest and most visible members of Castro’s team. Although he will remain as vice president of the more important council of state, Lage was replaced as secretary of the council of ministers by a general who last served as Castro’s chief of staff at the defense ministry.

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