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For the first time in the lives of most Cubans, a man not named Castro will lead the Communist-run island nation.

Cuba’s National Assembly announced Thursday that First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel, 57, will replace Raul Castro as the head of the Cuban government.

Castro embraced Diaz-Canel – who wasn’t even born when Fidel Castro led his revolution in 1959 – during the session Wednesday, all but sealing his status as the island’s next president. That session also included the vote for the new leader, which was 603-1 in favor of Diaz-Canel.

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