April 22, 2008, 12:00 p.m.
HAVANA (AP) — Cuba has replaced its education minister in the first Cabinet change since Raul Castro assumed the presidency two months ago, the official newspaper announced Tuesday.
Castro has suggested that a major Cabinet shake up is expected later this year to streamline the government by eliminating ministries that duplicate tasks.
The new education minister is Ana Elsa Velazquez, rector of the government's Frank Pais Garcia Institute of Advanced Teaching Studies in the eastern city of Santiago, the Communist Party newspaper Granma said. She replaces Luis Ignacio Gomez Gutierrez.
Raul's brother Fidel Castro announced in July 2006 he had undergone emergency intestinal surgery. Raul Castro assumed the presidency Feb. 24.