First Image: Cuba, Villa Clara, 11 March 2018, the election for the renewal of the Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular, the National Assembly of People’s Power. A tall, smiling, silverhaired gentleman is queuing up with his wife. He is the vice president, Miguel Diaz-Canel. It’s surprising to see a man from the regime’s highest echelons standing in a queue for 20 minutes. In a month, he will be elected Cuba’s first president after Raul Castro (almost, as Castro still heads the party), the first to be born after 1959.

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