The Cuban government made a decision to advance the ordinary session of the national parliament, which will appoint the new president of the country, to April 18, an official release said Monday. The National Assembly session will begin at 9 a.m.in Havana's Convention Palace. The government has moved forward the beginning of a National Assembly session, in which President Raul Castro reportedly plans to step down and hand over the office to a younger successor.
Previously, the beginning of the constituent session was scheduled for Thursday.
"The decision was made to facilitate the development of the steps that a session of such importance requires", Radio Rebelde said on its website.
Diaz-Canel would be the first president born after the 1959 revolution that ousted dictator Fulgencio Batista.