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The Cuban government has selected the country’s 57-year-old first vice-president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, as the sole candidate to succeed President Raúl Castro in a transition aimed at ensuring the country’s single-party system outlasts the ageing revolutionaries who created it.

Miguel Diaz-Canel replaced Raul Castro , launching a new political era as a government led by a single family for six decades tries to ensure the long-term survival of one of the world's last communist states, CNBC reported.

The National Assembly announced that Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez had been approved as the sole candidate for president.

The 86-year-old Castro will remain head of the Communist Party.

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