>> With Fidel Castro's recent death and Raul Castro set to step down as President in 15 months, Cuba's current Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel is fast emerging as the heir apparent. Reuters reporter Dan Trotta in Havana says, the man is a bit of a mystery.>> Ordinary Cubans really don't know much about him except those in his hometown of Santa Claire.
Where he's really well loved, a favorite son. People remember him from his youth, remember him from when he was first secretary of the Provincial Party there. And was accessible riding around town on his bicycle and playing sports. He's quite popular in his home town even if he's not well known elsewhere.
>> At 56, Diaz-Canel is a relative youngster in the ruling communist parties leadership. And will need to appeal to younger generations, if Cuban communism is to thrive beyond the Castro brothers. He has already established press and Internet freedom as signature concerns. But apart from that Diaz-Canel has held to the party line, and avoided public comment and key issues such as economic and political reforms or relations with the US.
That reserved behavior has worked in his favor.>> It's important to remember that in the past other pretenders have fallen by the wayside for being to ambitions or critical of other leaders. That's why Diaz-Canel has been quite boring really. That's how he's kept himself in line for the presidency.
>> Even if Diaz-Canel takes the tough job, Raul Castro will still hold significant power. Remaining first secretary of the communist party for three years, after he's steps down as president.