Cuba replaces foreign investment minister Lomas
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- Politics and Government
- 11 / 14 / 2008
She will be replaced by former U.N. Ambassador Rodrigo Malmierca, whom the statement praised as an experienced diplomat and leader.
The 24-member Politburo is headed by Fidel Castro, 82 years old and ailing, who stepped down from the presidency in February in favor of his younger brother Raul.
Havana's communist government controls well over 90 percent of the economy, but the island created joint business ventures with foreign enterprises and began encouraging foreign tourism en masse in the early 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union crippled its economy.
As foreign investment minister, Lomas helped negotiate contracts with trade delegations from foreign governments and foreign business leaders.