The announcement was made Thursday by the Cuban State Press.
But Cuba watchers had speculated that he would stay in his post longer.
Cuba's president Raul Castro will step down in April in a historic shift of power for the communist nation. Prior to this, he was the First Vice President of Cuba under his brother, Fidel, from 1976 until 2008.
Castro previously announced in 2013 that he would step down at the end of his second term on February 24, 2018, which was the original date of the new National Assembly's election.
Cuban officials chose to push back the highly anticipated transition because the government in September delayed legislative elections in the wake of damage caused by Hurricane Irma.
There was no mention of Diaz-Canel's role in the official announcement. While Raul was certainly more open to reforms than his brother, it will be curious to see what happens if someone not named Castro steps in.
So far there is no candidate announced for the presidential succession but most forecasts point to the current first vice president Miguel Diaz-Canel.
"Diaz-Canel is flawless for that because he does not have any power, nor anyone who follows him, nor a commanding voice", Gonzalez said. Fidel Castro died in November 2016.
The news is the first sign that many in the middle-class will benefit financially from their employers paying less in taxes. House members voted on Wednesday to pass a bill that would cut the corporate tax rate to 21 percent from 35 percent.
Ordering online directly from Apple shows January 5, 2018, as being the next date that AirPods will be available. They were officially supposed to debut in October previous year , but they finally arrived in late December.
During the holiday season, we all need to be cautious with decorations, electric lights, candles, space heaters and other items. Friends and neighbors say the family was known to light menorah candles in celebration of Hanukkah .
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Twitter said it had decided not to categorise the US Confederate flag as hateful imagery, citing its place in history. There is one notable exception: the policy changes don't apply to military or government entities.
Lee Johnson masterminded one of the great nights in the history of Bristol City and in the history of the League Cup. I think they lost a good opportunity also to play semi-finals and also to have two more matches to play.
Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker released a jubilant statement about the outcome late this afternoon. The judges are meeting to certify Tuesday's recount. "Personally, I know of nothing in history like this", he said.
So imagine her surprise when Officer Lauren Develle arrived on the family's doorstep later that evening to reassure the boy. After deciding the Grinch had enough time to think about his actions, Tylon released him from the holding cell.
Reddit users have noticed that Apple appears to be slowing down old iPhones that have low capacity batteries . The bad news is that Apple has admitted that it intentionally slows down older models of the iPhone .
Last year, the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics both relaxed their flu shot guidelines for patients with egg allergies . ZANESVILLE, Ohio- Flu activity has officially been elevated to "widespread" in the state of Ohio according to health officials.
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Paul Merson says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fits at Liverpool
I like it, but he has so much potential it's unbelievable, what he still not shows", Klopp told Liverpool's official website . Germany global Shkodran Mustafi returned to first team training this week and is expected to feature on Friday night.
5th Person Dies in San Diego County's Flu Season
They are available at most pharmacies and health care providers. "I certainly wouldn't put others at risk", that individual said. That's the way health officials measure the severity of flu season. "They've had it since, like, three months ago", Perez said.
Mobile phones: Send a text to end your contract
Ofcom's consumer group director Lindsey Fussell said: 'Too many people are put off by the hassle of switching mobile provider. In addition, Ofcom says providers will also be banned from charging for notice periods that run after the switching date.
Twitter suspends Britain First leaders' accounts
This story has been corrected to read that Michael Hill is of the League of the South, not the Traditionalist Workers Party. American Renaissance and Occidental Dissent both referred readers to an online chat site frequented by white nationalists.
Saunders toys with and defeats Lemieux
One Lemieux punch missed so wildly that Saunders mocked him, standing still to look into the crowd in search of where it landed. Lemieux came in at exactly 160lbs with Saunders also weighing in at exactly 160lbs.