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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Congressman Sires’ Statement on Feigned Transition of Power in Cuba

Apr 19, 2018
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires released the following statement regarding the sham transition of power in Cuba from Raul Castro to Miguel Diaz-Canel:

“The transfer of power from Raul Castro to Miguel Diaz-Canel is merely a façade that will leave no room for meaningful changes for the Cuban people. Miguel Diaz-Canel was hand-picked to succeed Castro, who will retain real power as head of the Communist Party and the military. While Diaz-Canel acts as the puppet leader of Cuba, Castro will continue to call all the shots, and the United States should not believe this superficial power transition will mean any real reform. Miguel Diaz-Canel is merely a figurehead meant to parody leadership as Castro continues to lead from the shadows. I will continue to fight for the rights of the Cuban people and urge the United States to hold Cuba accountable for its sordid history of human rights abuses, oppression, and ongoing relations with questionable state actors.”