>> For the first time since 1959, Cubans on Sunday took the first step, to elect the Communist ruled nation's first leader, not named Castro, in over six decades. While this may look like an election, it's far from democratic. They're not voting for a leader. They're voting to ratify official lists of candidates of the National Regional Assembly.
But the National Assembly will, on April 19th, select a new president to replace Raul Castro. The 86 year old Raul, took over from his brother Fidel in 2008. Raul Castro is expected to remain at the helm of the powerful Communist Party. And first Vice President, Miguel Díaz-Canel is expected to become Cuba's next president.
> So far, I don't know who will be the next president of this country. Well, so far I think it could be Díaz-Canel. He looks like a good person up to now, let's see about the rest.>> He won't have the Castro name, or the authority that has come with it since the Communist revolution.
Analysts say he will have to earn his legitimacy, addressing Cubans' concerns and raising living standards. The candidate lists do not contain a single known opponent of Cuba's one party system.