Cuban President Raul Castro moved today to consolidate his power and control over the island nation by reassigning cabinet ministers left over from his older brother's reign, and replacing them with new ministers he believes are more in line with his vision for the future of Cuba. Raul is no stranger to experimentation and is well known to be more sympathetic to capitalist reforms of the beleaguered Cuban economy than Fidel.
With the Cuban economy hamstrung by the world economy, Raul Castro may have decided it is time for him to make reforms of his own without worrying about second-guessing by his brother or his brother's allies, she said.Raul made these changes:
Vicki Huddleston, who led the Interests Section during the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and is a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington, speculated that the changes could portend the government once again allowing private enterprise to flourish in Cuba.
Felipe Perez Roque, the 43-year-old foreign minister, was replaced by his deputy, Bruno Rodriguez Aprilla.
Carlos Lage Davila, an economist, lost his job as Cabinet secretary, but no mention was made of removing him from his other post as vice president of the Council of State.
Lage, who helped guide the nation through its "special period" of dire economic times in the aftermath of the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the loss of billions in subsidies, was replaced by Brig. Gen. Jose Amado Ricardo Guerra.