Cuba gets first prime minister
- Immediately after his presentation, Marrero received a handshake from former president Raul Castro, the leader of the Communist Party.
- Marrero served as tourism minister from 2004, late in revolutionary hero Fidel Castro's administration, continuing in the post under Fidel's brother Raul and the current president, Diaz-Canel.
- He began his career in government in 1999 as vice president of the powerful Gaviota Hotel Group belonging to the armed forces, becoming its president a year later - a post he held until 2004.
- "Throughout his career... (Marrero) has been characterized by his modesty, honesty, work capacity, political sensitivity and loyalty to the party and the revolution.
- The new premier "has led the tourism industry in a commendable fashion, which constitutes one of the main lines of development of the national economy".
- The position of prime minister was last held by Fidel Castro in 1976.
- But the post was abolished when Castro transitioned to the presidency, taking over from Osvaldo Dorticos after the country's constitution was restructured.
- Cuba's constitution required that the candidate come from the 605-member National Assembly, be at least 35, "be a Cuban citizen by birth and hold no other nationality."
- The premier has the power to hire and fire state employees as well as overall control of provincial governors, another position restored under the new constitution.