Cuba’s President Miguel Díaz-Canel has been removed from the country. Minister of Economy on Friday, according to state media, after recently announced measures to raise fuel and transportation prices were delayed.

Cuba’s Council of State, which is led by the president, appointed Central Bank President Joaquín Alonso Vázquez to replace outgoing Economy Minister Alejandro Gil.

The move comes days after the government halted a planned hike in petrol prices from February 1, citing an external cyber attack. A communist-ruled peninsular country Its implementation was stopped.

Federal lawmakers in Massachusetts called on Biden to remove Cuba from the list of countries that harbor terrorists.

The Cuban government said late last year that it would either have to raise fuel and electricity prices or reduce rationing of basic supplies.

Flag of Cuba.

This image shows the flag of Cuba. (Universal Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

At the time, Diaz-Canel said that tough times called for tough measures. Then-Economy Minister Gale said the Cuban economy had contracted between 1% and 2% in 2023, while inflation was around 30%.

The government said it needed to raise fuel prices or else it would have to cut the amount of food and other staples in government ration books.

Economic crisis In Cuba’s It’s already so bad that millions have left to try to get to America.

Diaz-Canel also removed Elba Rosa Pérez, Minister of Science, Technology, and Environment, after more than a decade in office. He will be replaced by Eduardo Martinez, a lawmaker and president of the Cuban pharmaceutical company BioCubaFarma

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