Dorticós Torrado, Osvaldo

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Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado (ōsväl´dō dōrtēkōs´ tōr-rä´ŧħō), 1919–83, president of Cuba (1959–76). A prosperous lawyer, he participated in Fidel Castro's revolutionary movement and was imprisoned (1958). He escaped and fled to Mexico, returning to Cuba after Castro's triumph (1959). As minister of laws (1959) he helped to formulate Cuban policies. He was appointed president in 1959. Intelligent and competent, he wielded considerable influence. In 1976 the Cuban government was reorganized, and Castro assumed the title of president; Dorticós was named a member of the council of state.