Cuban state media say the nation's agriculture minister has died.

The reports say Alfredo Jordan Morales died Wednesday from cancer, at the age of 55.

Mr. Jordan had served as chief of Cuba's Agriculture Ministry since 1993, and was a long-time member of the Communist party's politburo.

He began his political career by leading Communist youth organizations, and later ascended the ranks of the Communist party.

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