In a surprise move, Cuba's new parliament has named a rising young star as Raul Castro's first vice president.
Miguel Diaz-Canel, 52, a member of the political bureau who rose through the party ranks in the provinces to become the most visible possible successor to Castro.
Diaz-Canel would succeed Castro if the 81-year-old cannot serve his full term.
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