The appointment was made when the VIII Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba was inaugurated this Friday.
The Communist Party of Cuba, through a press release published on its website, announced this Thursday that the General of the Army Corps, Álvaro López Miera, was appointed as the new minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR).
In this way, López Miera replaces Army Corps General Leopoldo Cintra Frías, who held the ministerial position since November 9, 2011. At that time, Cintra Fría assumed the Ministry of the FAR upon the death of his predecessor in office, Army Corps General Julio Casas Regueiro.
The appointment of the new minister was made “at the proposal of the first secretary of the Party’s Central Committee, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, and the President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez,” the official note said.
At the same time, it was noted that General Leopoldo Cintra Frías, Hero of the Republic of Cuba, “has an extensive and brilliant record of services to the Homeland.”
Cintra Frías, who turns 80 in 2021, fought against the Batista dictatorship, joining the Rebel Army in 1957. After the triumph of the Cuban Revolution (1959), the current general of the Army Corps developed an excellent military career, leading important battles on the southern front of Angola, when Cuban troops were fighting against the racist regime of South Africa.
On his side, the General of the Army Corps, and current Minister of the FAR, Álvaro López Miera, 78, also fought in the Rebel Army during the insurrectionary stage of the Cuban Revolution. Like his predecessor, he carried out different military missions in Angola, in confrontation with the South African interventionist troops.
The change of ministers took place at the inauguration of the VIII Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), a partisan conclave where former Cuban president, General of the Army, Raúl Castro announced his retirement of the PCC. <