14ymedio, Havana, 9 September 2015 – The Council of State has dismissed the Minister of Transport, Cesar Ignacio Arocha Macid, according to the official media. Adel Yzquierdo Rodriguez, currently the first deputy minister of the Ministry of Economy and Planning, will replace him.
Yzquierdo Rodriguez is considered a trusted figure of Raul Castro. According to Café Fuerte in 2012, when he was unexpectedly appointed first deputy economy minister, he came from the ranks of the Ministry of the Armed Forces (Minfar), where he was director of business and head of Planning and the Economy. A mechanical engineer, the same year he was appointed to the Politburo.
The newspaper Granma affirmed that “it was agreed to relieve [Arocha Macid] from his post,” for “renewal” and that “he would be assigned other tasks,” although it does not specify which ones.