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Cuban V.P. admits "limitations" exist on press

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Havana, Apr 10 (EFE).- Cuba's senior vice president admitted that "limitations" exist on the work of the press on the island, Communist Party daily Granma said Wednesday.

Miguel Diaz-Canel, who moved into the post of first vice president in February, spoke with reporters during a tour through the central province of Ciego de Avila and "admitted that limitations exist on the work of the press professionals."

"But he issued a call to perfect the work of the media, from a scientific, innovative, revolutionary perspective in the face of the challenges imposed by the ideological subversion that (Cuba's) enemies are unleashing against the country," the newspaper added.

Recently, President Raul Castro has urged that "the excess of secrecy" be overcome, that the Cuban media abandon excessively optimistic habits and that the media play a decisive role in the "objective, constant and critical" dissemination of the economic reforms that his government has launched.

Since he became vice president, Diaz-Canel has kept up a packed and diverse working agenda and his presence in the Cuban media has been almost constant, in contrast to the limited appearances of Raul Castro.

Diaz-Canel, 52, represented Cuba at the ceremony installing Pope Francis as pontiff.

The regime's new No. 2 official became the main figure epitomizing the "replacement" of Cuba's revolutionary Old Guard with a new generation of leaders, and his accession to the top ranks of power has constituted a marked renewal within - or at least on the surface of - the government of the 81-year-old Raul Castro.

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