Cuban dissidents won't miss Spain's Moratinos
Cuban dissidents welcomed Wednesday the end of Miguel Angel Moratinos's tenure as Spanish foreign minister, accusing him of having been "servile" to the Caribbean island's communist rulers.
Dissidents complain that Moratinos did not meet with them on visits to Havana, and that he caved in to Cuban government demands that political prisoners freed recently had to leave the country and go to Spain.
"Unfortunately (Moratinos) was very committed to, and servile with this (Cuban) government," charged Laura Pollan, leader of the Ladies in White, a group of wives and family members of political prisoners.
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero earlier named a new foreign minister and a new deputy in a dramatic reshuffle, vowing to beat an economic crisis that has hammered his popularity.
The biggest move saw Spain's charismatic 48-year-old Health Minister Trinidad Jimenez take over as foreign minister from Moratinos, 59, who had been in the post since Zapatero first came to power in 2004.
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