(ANSA-AFP) – HAVANA, APRIL 19 – Miguel Diaz-Canel replaces Raul Castro as leader of the CCP: this was announced by an official of the Cuban Communist Party. Castro, first secretary of the CCP, had announced on Friday his intention to abandon his duties. Cuban President Diaz-Canel was elected first secretary of the Communist Party on Monday, taking over from Raul Castro who retires at 89, the party, the only authorized political group on the island, announced. The election took place during the eighth Congress of the CCP. (ANSA-AFP).