Third top Cuban foreign policy official fired

Yet another member of Cuba's political elite has been ousted: Fernando Remirez de Estenoz, former chief of the Cuban diplomatic mission in Washington and most recently head of the Cuban Communist Party's Foreign Relations Department.

Remírez de Estenoz, 57, was considered part of the group of top government and party officials who were just one generation behind the island's current rulers, mostly men in their late 70s like President Raúl Castro and Vice President José Ramón Machado Ventura.

His ouster has not been noted in the official media, although one Foreign Ministry official told El Nuevo Herald that the news is circulating in Cuba.

On Wednesday, the state-run National Information Agency issued a report on the meeting between Castro and Honduran President Manuel Zelaya that mentioned Jorge Martí Martínez as the head of Communist Party's Foreign Relations Department.

Martí served as Cuba's ambassador to Russia 2003-2008. In July of last year, he was appointed head of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the People, an entity that promotes solidarity with Cuba overseas, to succeed the late actor Sergio Corrieri.

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